Red Cross assists families displaced by ABQ fire

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Local Red Cross volunteers have their hands full working through the weekend to help 13 families displaced by a northeast Albuquerque apartment fire.

No one was injured in the blaze but many lost everything.

A fire tore through two buildings at the apartment complex on Eubank near Juan Tabo Friday, destroying at least eight apartments and causing smoke damage in at least four others.

Clean-up crews were at the scene at the Mountain Run Apartments Saturday.

Much of the burn area is still surrounded with yellow tape.

For the local chapter of the Red Cross Friday’s fire is largest apartment fire they’ve responded to in the last couple of years.

They say they’re using money from their Disaster Relief Fund to offer both food and clothing to the 13 families affected.

It’s the same fund they use to help those affected by large scale disasters like floods and wildfires.

Red Cross officials say 13 families might seem like a lot but this is what they’re trained for.

Red Cross representatives say they have plenty of volunteers to help with the casework.

Anyone wanting to help with the disaster relief fund can contact the Red Cross directly.

Officials are investigating what caused the fire.

Albuquerque Fire Department says they won’t have any new information until Monday, at the earliest.

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