Oct 16, 2013 9:27 PM by Katie Ferber, KSBY News

Red Cross needs donations to help arson victims

The City of Santa Maria says donations are needed to help the dozens people who were displaced in a hotel fire. The Red Cross says about 45 people are living in a temporary shelter at the Minami Community Center. Red Cross Volunteer, Keith McLellan, told KSBY, "The primary needs we have right now is housing for these folks. Anybody in the community that has any possibility of providing housing there encouraged to contact the city administrator or the American Red Cross at the Santa Barbara chapter office." The hotel was home to many low-income adults including some with disabilities. Many lost everything in the fire. A former employee, Amos Andrews, was charged with arson and attempted murder. Donations can be made to:Good Samaritan Shelter of Santa Maria, located at 401 W. Morrison StreetMail: Good Samaritan Shelter, P.O. Box 5908, Santa Maria CA 93456 Red Cross online, click here.Good Samaritan online, click here.



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