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Sacajawea Apartment Fire Response Total $100k for Red Cross

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - $100,000 is how much the local chapter of the Red Cross has spent to help the victims of the Sacajawea Apartments fire. It's the largest local disaster response they have ever put together.

The five-story apartment building went up in flames on July 19th and the Red Cross continues to help some of the people who were displaced. 

Case managers are still working to get every victim into permanent housing. They are also dealing with residents' medical and mental health issues.

"That $100,000 is really the food, the costs, the facility, the extra staff, the medical and mental health professionals. Granted, a great deal of that is volunteer, but there is a component you have to pay for and you want to deliver the best services," said Red Cross Fund Development Specialist Kathye Kilgore. 

The Red Cross has raised enough money to cover about 20% of those expenses so far and they need the community's help to cover the rest of those costs. The agency is asking for monetary donations so they can stretch those dollars with the help of community partners.

You can donate by calling 783-6195 or stopping by the office at 7202 W. Deschutes Avenue in Kennewick.