Dozens left homeless as fire ravages apartment complex in Spring Valley

Nearly 100 people, according to Red Cross officials, were forced out of their homes from the Surrey Carlton Apartments on Slinn Avenue.

News 12 Staff

Feb 26, 2024, 10:55 AM

Updated 47 days ago

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Dozens of people are now homeless after a fire tore through an apartment complex in Spring Valley.
Nearly 100 people, according to Red Cross officials, were forced out of their homes from the Surrey Carlton Apartments on Slinn Avenue.
The fire broke out just before 5 a.m. Sunday, causing seven buildings to be evacuated and forcing everyone out into the cold.
Investigators say the fire looked to have started on the second floor in a common hallway. Luckily, all the residents got out safely, but one firefighter suffered minor injuries when a roof collapsed on him. He was treated at a hospital and later released. Another firefighter was treated on the scene. More than a dozen other fire and emergency departments came in to help.
Resident Quenetta Gulifield says there was a fire in the building back in December, but everyone was able to go back to their apartments. This time around, the damage is too extensive and dozens are now left homeless.
The Red Cross opened a reception center at the Louis Kurtz Civic Center located at 9 North Main Street to support the displaced residents while the building is being repaired. Officials there say they have about 63 adults and 23 children.
There is no word yet on the exact cause of the fire, and it isn’t known yet if anyone has been able to go back into their homes.


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