Red Cross to end emergency services at Centennial Hall today

Victims of Gastineau Apartments fire can still receive services at local Red Cross office

The American Red Cross of Alaska will be closing up its emergency services operation in Centennial Hall today, officials say.


Volunteers are preparing to leave the building in a couple of hours, said Roger Rettig, the disaster services specialist in charge of the shelter operation.

The Red Cross set up an emergency shelter at Centennial Hall on Monday evening, the night a fire blazed through the fourth-story of the downtown Gastineau Apartments complex.

The fire displaced nearly 50 occupants of the building, which has since been condemned. Rettig said 48 people had registered as a displaced resident as of 3 p.m. Wednesday.

An emergency housing section was set up in Centennial Hall, but was closed down earlier today based on lack of need. The dozens of cots went unused Monday and Tuesday nights since local hotels offered victims hotel rooms free-of-charge. The cots were removed earlier today.

Volunteers remained at the hall on Wednesday morning and afternoon to continue to register displaced residents and to offer them financial and housing assistance, as well as to provide them with food and water.

People who were affected by the fire can continue to receive assistance at the local Red Cross office, located at 3255 Hospital Drive, Unit 202. The phone number for that office is 463-5713.

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