Good neighbors in Anchorage are coming to the aid of the residents of an Eastside apartment house who lost everything in a destructive fire Monday.
The American Red Cross of Alaska, at 656-5400, can take cash donations for Monday's victims and others. Red Cross spokeswoman Laura Spano said the organization isn't earmarking donations for Monday's fire, but has already helped provide lodging, food, clothing and other assistance for those victims.
The Alaska Red Cross chapter has opened more than 50 cases and helped 160 displaced Alaskans since May 1, mostly because of fires, Spano said.
Amanda Metivier of Facing Foster Care of Alaska, an organization that supports former foster children facing the challenges of adulthood, said two people she has been assisting lost everything in the fire. She's set up a fund named after their cat Toothless who perished in the fire. Contributions to the "Toothless Memorial Fund" can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank branch or at this website.
"They're young adults trying to figure out life, living paycheck to paycheck, and now they've lost everything," Metivier said.
The fourplex apartment house, at 501 San Juan Circle, was destroyed in the fast-moving fire Monday afternoon.