JUNCTION CITY Kan. (KSNT) – Families are trying to get back on their feet after a fire drove them from their Junction City homes. Sherley Morris and her family were one of the nearly 80 residents who lost theirs.
“It was around 11:30 p.m. when we started smelling smoke,” she says. “And then two seconds later the maintenance team was just banging on doors trying to evacuate the building.”
She’s picking up necessities from a make-shift donation center organized by staff of the apartment complex.
“We do come here for a lot of supplies,” says Morris. “Clothing, toiletries, we got coats and stuff for our kids because we lost everything.”
Luckily, her family, along with other residents were able to find a new home at the apartment complex through The Bluffs Apartment’s leasing office.
KSNT News was told that military residents who lost their apartments were housed through the efforts of the Red Cross and Fort Riley. The Red Cross also provided financial assistance to the victims. Bluff’s Apartments says that the building is insecure and will need to be demolished. None of the occupants or firefighters fighting the blaze were injured.
After an extensive investigation, the fire was determined to have started outside on an outside deck. It then spread quickly to other exposed areas before getting into the attic. Ultimately the entire roof area was involved, which resulted in a structural collapse of the roof and the entire third floor.