Recovery efforts are in full swing after a fire displaced more than 90 people living in transitional housing on the east side of the Las Vegas valley.
Flames engulfed the New Hope Motel building on Fremont Street near Charleston on Tuesday.
Displaced residents spent Wednesday trying to pick up the pieces.
[I have] “Mixed emotions,” said Shane, resident. “One moment I’m angry as hell, the next I’m crying.”
We lost everything,” said Stacey Woodward, resident.”
On Wednesday, Woodward and others returned to the New Hope Motel to salvage what they can from the fire.
“I left my jewelry, I left my food stamp card, I left my phone, I left my shoes,” Woodward said. “These are somebody else’s flip flops; you can tell they’re a size and a half too big.”
Woodward was able to find her jewelry and some perfume amongst the rubble. But that is all she has left after evacuating the short term transitional housing facility during the fire Tuesday afternoon.
Woodward explains what she was doing when the fire sparked.
“I was laying watching TV,” Woodward said. “I was messaging my spouse back and forth. He was going to come visit me, and somebody just barged through the door and was like ‘get out, get out right now.'”
“Everybody started screaming fire,” Shane said.
“The glass started popping,” Woodward said.
Everyone was able to make it out of the building safely, but the fire displaced 92 people living in the building owned by the Well Care Group. The Well Care Group is a behavioral health agency that helps the underserved.
“It’s crazy because you go from nothing to something to nothing again,” Woodward said.
The fire remains under investigation, but the CEO of the Well Care Group said, crews were working this week to replace the cooling units in all of the rooms to prepare for the summer months when the fire started.”
“It was crazy,” Woodward said. “It was like really the most traumatic thing I’ve been through in a long time.”
The Well Care Group placed everyone at one of three locations to live for now. The Well Care Group says it will continue to work with community partners to aid the tenants.
According to the CEO, the Well Care Group has plans to eventually rebuild.