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Community helps families displaced by McAllen apartment fire

The community comes together to help 48 people displaced by a McAllen apartment fire on Friday.

On Friday at around 2 p.m., fire crews responded to a blaze at Abellon Condominiums off Iris Avenue in McAllen.

Fire crews deemed the 12-unit complex uninhabitable, which resulted in 48 individuals losing their homes and belongings.

The aftermath has families picking up the pieces.

“We were able to get out some stuff,” said 10-year-long resident of Abellon Condominums Samwell Hernandez. “We didn’t have too much fire damage, but we did get water damage. A lot of stuff got wet, but the apartments in the back are basically all gone.”

The Red Cross, Salvation Army and the city of McAllen are helping take care of those impacted by the fire.

“Everything in my house burned,” said resident Jose Aguilar. “We don’t have nothing. We lost everything, so now we are here trying to get help from people from the schools, Red Cross-- and thank god for all their help.”

The Red Cross is manning the shelter in the new gym at Lincoln Middle School in McAllen (1601 N. 27th St.) , while school staff is volunteering to handle donations.

“We are accepting donations,” said Lincoln Middle School Principal Maribelle Elizondo. “Our staff, our teachers, our counselors came in-- tons of community members came in and donated their time and materials.”

Lincoln Middle School is accepting donations for the displaced families from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 9, and on Monday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to a McAllen ISD news release.

It is unclear how long the school will remain open as a shelter for the victims.

The McAllen Fire Department says they have narrowed down the start of the fire to one unit, but are still investigating how the fire started.

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