Volunteers help displaced seniors

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) – Volunteers sifted through the rubble to try and salvage what they could at the Lakeview Meadows complex in Battle Creek Saturday.

The community came together to help those who lost their homes less than a week after fire ripped through the senior living complex.

A fire at Lakeview Meadows. (Courtesy Sabrina Rose via ReportIt - June 16, 2014)
A fire at Lakeview Meadows. (Courtesy Sabrina Rose via ReportIt – June 16, 2014)

Every available hand was needed and put to work to sift through the charred rubble.

“And I have a truck and that’s what people with trucks do,” a volunteer told 24 Hour News 8.

There are 53 residents of the senior living complex who are now displaced after fire ripped through the complex Monday. There were 15 residents that went back into their apartments and received help salvaging their belongings Saturday.

“We’re working non-stop on housing to try and place all 53 of the residents. Even though most of them went home with friends and family those aren’t permanent arrangements so we’ve been working on that all throughout the week,” said Karla Fales with Area Agency on Aging.

mth Battle Creek fire help2If you are interested in helping, volunteers will be back out at the complex, located at 890 Territorial Road, between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. Organizers are asking volunteers to work three hour shifts.

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