UPDATE: Blanchester apartment owners aid in housing


By Nathan Kraatz - nkraatz@civitasmedia.com



Blanchester-Marion Township fire crews clean up after the apartment fire Monday.

Blanchester-Marion Township fire crews clean up after the apartment fire Monday.


Firefighters battle the blaze Monday at the apartment building in Blanchester.


The aftermath of Monday’s apartment building fire.


WILMINGTON — After a Monday fire in Blanchester left about 20 residents without a home, and with support from the American Red Cross ended, the company that owns the apartment building is boarding those displaced in another hotel.

Woda Group employee Jody Carder told the News Journal the company will put three families in hotels while other residents stay with friends and family.

Carder said the group would pay the difference between rent and the hotel stay.

Traevon Williams, one of the residents, said he was notified of the change after 11 a.m. Wednesday, right after his stay at Royalton Inn and Suites, courtesy of the American Red Cross, was expiring.

He said he was told he could stay for up to 30 days at Holiday Inn.

Williams had previously told the News Journal that the company should do more to help those displaced by the fire.

Carder said those staying with friends and family or in hotels would be there until the units can be restored. She said some had water and smoke damage that can be repaired relatively quickly, once a contractor can be brought on scene.

“As quickly as we can, we’ll get as many of the families back in,” she said.

The fire, which struck Monday, remains under investigation. Officials are trying to determine the cause of the fire.

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Blanchester-Marion Township fire crews clean up after the apartment fire Monday.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/11/web1_fire1.jpgBlanchester-Marion Township fire crews clean up after the apartment fire Monday.

Firefighters battle the blaze Monday at the apartment building in Blanchester.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/11/web1_fire-2.jpgFirefighters battle the blaze Monday at the apartment building in Blanchester.

The aftermath of Monday’s apartment building fire.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/11/web1_fire3.jpgThe aftermath of Monday’s apartment building fire.

By Nathan Kraatz

nkraatz@civitasmedia.com