Salvation Army puts 60 families in hotels following Muscatine fire

MUSCAT, Iowa (KWQC) – Some Muscatine residents found themselves out of a fire just days before the Thanksgiving holiday.

“Who would have expected to wake up Sunday morning to a fire in your apartment complex?” asked Greg Buck, a member of the Salvation Army in Muscatine.

He says that members of the organization were called from the church to attend the Muscat Tower meetings after the fire broke out in a room on the seventh floor.

The fire caused the displacement of at least 85 people. Sixty of them were able to obtain temporary shelter with the help of the Salvation Army.

Everyone was safely evacuated from the building after the fire was exterminated. Most residents stay at AmericInn and Super 8 motels until the damages are repaired.

“Thanksgiving is Thursday, so we know a lot of people have been displaced not just from their homes but away from other families,” Bock commented.

Salvation Army policy allows them to pay for the first five days of someone’s stay after a disaster. They say they are not sure if this is enough time for residents to return to their homes.

Besides providing shelter, the organization says it will provide Thanksgiving meals to the building’s residents.

Muscatine firefighters say there was water damage throughout the building due to the sprinkler system that was in place. “The problem the company is dealing with right now is draining everything,” Assistant Fire Chief Mike Hartman said when asked about the damage to the complex.

Without the machine guns, Hartmann says, the damage would have been much worse. “I’m sure we’ll have one death plus a much bigger fire,” he said.

The investigation is still ongoing but the result is expected to be an accidental fire. One person was injured during the accident.

Both the Fire Department and the Salvation Army say there is no time frame yet to repair the damage. They ask people to keep residents in their thoughts and prayers as the holidays approach.

If you would like to donate to displaced families, you can call the Salvation Army at 563-263-8272.

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