Dozens of apartment residents are without a home Wednesday after a fire.
The fire was reported about 1:30 p.m. at Northeast View Apartments near Garfield and Lexington avenues. It started in a downstairs apartment and damaged six units.
The entire apartment building, containing 12 units, was shut down because of extensive damage.
The American Red Cross helped 16 people directly affected by the first as well as four other families, consisting of six adults and six children, with emergency needs such as lodging, food and new clothing. The Kansas City Fire Department had to evacuate nearby apartments because fire crews had to cut the gas line to fight the fire, leaving remaining residents with no gas to heat their homes.
In December alone, the Kansas City Red Cross responded to almost 80 home fires in the metro.
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