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Father's Day Fire Takes Human, Financial Toll

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LAS VEGAS -- Nearly 100 people will remain without a permanent place to live following Sunday's three-alarm fire at the Encantada Apartments.

Officials with the Red Cross of Southern Nevada estimate the organization had spent $11,000 on basic needs for fire victims at the complex as of Monday evening.

Brooke Flake with the Red Cross chapter said the pictures of the smoke and the flames only tell part of the story.

"The Red Cross has been helping them with money for clothing, food, and to replace their prescription medication, that's a big one," Flake said. "The fact that we are helping people with requests as simple as shoes shows the depth of loss these people have faced."

The Red Cross said management representatives at the apartment complex have been a big help in covering the cost of putting displaced residents in temporary housing. Red Cross officials added if they did not get help from management, the cost would have been much higher.

Apartment management said making sure residents are as comfortable as possible is their main goal.

"This is very disruptive and the residents most important thing to us so we want them to get taken care of as quickly as possible," management representative Bret Holmes said. "The focus for us is not how it happened, but why it happened and getting everybody relocated."

Despite the financial toll, Flake said Red Cross volunteers will be there the next time a fire breaks out whether it's big or small anywhere in the Valley.

"The Red Cross never, ever turns a client away, we will always be there to help them," Flake said.

Nearly 20% of all the fire victims the Red Cross has helped in the valley this year came from this single fire.

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