Victims of Thursday’s fire at the Club Valencia condominium on Parker Road can seek resources at the Disaster Assistance Center at Village East Elementary School.
“We have no clothes or food, so we are here to see what they can give us.
Arapahoe County spokesman Chris Henning said, “We’re helping people get the essentials they need. They’re handing out socks and underwear here to people in need. Working with the American Red Cross As such, the center helps connect people with financial assistance, and long- and short-term housing.County fairgrounds also have accommodations that remain open as long as needed.
Bub lived and worked at the Club Valencia condominium, where a devastating fire broke out on Thursday afternoon.
“The balconies were on fire, the trees were on fire, the grass was on fire,” Bab says.
The South Metro, Aurora, and Denver Fire Departments responded to the fire, which started on the second floor and spread to the third floor. The cause is under investigation, but firefighters say the building poses a high risk.
“It’s a building that’s considered a high-risk building. There’s a lot of people living there, and this building was built at a time when fire codes were different,” said Eric Hurst of South Metro Fire Rescue. say. The building has no alarm or sprinkler system, and “unfortunately, it can lead to very devastating fires,” he says.
Three people were taken to hospital and others had to be evaluated by paramedics.
“Some people tripped and fell,” Hurst says. That’s pretty traumatic. ”
Smoke damage and asbestos concerns have made 85 homes, including Bab, uninhabitable.
“It’s your home and you work for all of it,” Bab says. “People have lived there seven years, ten years, twenty years and lost everything.”
The Disaster Relief Center is open from 9am to 5pm through Sunday and there is also a free bus to and from the condo.