Recent Fire in Ohio Displaces Refugee Families
An apartment complex in Columbus, Ohio caught fire the night of August 20th and has displaced approximately 36 refugee families.
On the night of Monday, August 20th, the lives of three dozen refugee families were once again uprooted when fire ravaged their apartment complex and destroyed all of their possessions.
The fire at Summit Park Apartments did not physically harm anyone, but police are currently investigating the event as arson and a potential hate crime. They located the source of the fire to a storage unit next to the apartment complex. The flames destroyed over 40 apartment homes and blazed for over 12 hours before being subdued by fire crews.
In an urgent email, Dan Kosten, senior vice president of US programs at worldrelief.org, noted that the families affected by the fire were 3 Somali families and 3 Hispanic families, and the rest were Nepali families. He also said that some of the refugees who survived the apartment fire were also survivors of a large fire in a Katmandu refugee camp last year that displaced over 4,000 refugees.
The families were relocated to a recreation center for the night where the Red Cross provided over 80 people with food and clothing. The Red Cross stated that this is the worst tragedy the have seen in Franklin County, Ohio.
To help the survivors of this tragedy, you can donate through your credit card at https://worldrelief.org/columbus-fire. If you would like to donate material goods, please contact World Relief Columbus at 614-337-2448 or Brian Zimmerman at 614-893-2446. You can also donate through the Red Cross by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 and giving $10.
More information can be found at https://worldrelief.org/columbus-fire
More information about the aftermath of the fire and testimony from the victims can be found in these articles: