Minnesotans are working to rebuild after a massive fire that swept through downtown Minneapolis earlier this week, and authorities are working with local governments to help residents who are displaced and their loved ones rebuild.
According to the Minneapolis Fire Department, a fire that started in a nearby garage led to the destruction of two apartments on the 16th floor of a vacant home, leaving residents without shelter and unable to return to their homes.
The fire destroyed a building, including a home and a garage, that housed many of the people who lived in the apartment building.
Firefighters responded to the blaze early Saturday morning, but there were no fatalities, and no one was injured.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The city of Minneapolis said Friday that it will provide a $1.5 million donation to the local chapter of the Salvation Army for the first phase of rebuilding efforts.
“This is a difficult and challenging situation and I want to thank all of our neighbors and the community for their continued support,” Mayor Betsy Hodges said.
The Salvation Army will work with local officials to provide services and services to residents of Minneapolis, said Michael McBride, the group’s executive director of social responsibility.
“We want to make sure that this building is rebuilt so that people can return to the community and that they have some basic needs for housing, food, medical care, transportation, and that’s all of that.
We want to build on the progress we’ve made in the community, but we want to keep it going.”
The Salvation Arm will be providing a $3,000 donation to help those who have been displaced by the fire, McBride said.
“I want to stress to people who have experienced homelessness or who have a family member or loved one who has been displaced, that this is not the time to be homeless or in need,” McBride added.
“The Salvation War is for all people who are homeless or are in need of assistance.”
The fire caused a $30 million loss to the city’s economy.
Hodges said that the city will provide assistance to those in need.
“That includes helping the residents who lost their homes or were forced to move, as well as those who are experiencing homelessness, who are struggling with addiction, who have mental health issues,” Hodges told reporters.
“There’s a lot of people who want to help, and it’s not just people who need a place to stay.”
The Minneapolis Fire Dept. said the Salvation Arm is currently in discussions with the city to offer assistance.