Posted: Apr 11, 2013 7:39 PM by Xiaoyun Wu
Updated: Apr 11, 2013 10:00 PM
COLUMBIA - The Ash Street Apartments fire has left some of the victims without a place to stay. A refugee family is one of them.
Su Su, whose family comes from Thailand, has been living on the floor at her friend's house for two days since the fire on Tuesday. Lori Stoll, who works with the refugee family, said the family has no other option so far other than paying to lease another home by themselves. Stoll said that family cannot afford to pay for another apartment at a higher price.
A local church has gathered some private donations to help accommodate the refugee family in a local hotel.
Melissa Decicco, the spokesperson for the management company Mills Properties, said they are working with their sister properties and the Red Cross to help the victims. The company will also give back the victims' April rental fee and security deposit. Currently, the company hasn't released an official statement about how to deal with the damages and problems brought by the fire.
The Red Cross set up a shelter Tuesday night for displaced residents at Broadway Christian Church in Columbia.