A four-alarm Christmas Day fire displaced hundreds of Minneapolis apartment dwellers, sending at least three to the hospital, multiple news outlets reported.
The fire, which began around 3 a.m., struck the three-story Francis Drake Hotel, designated as an overflow shelter in Hennepin County for families experiencing homelessness, KMSP reported.
"We're having a challenging time trying to account for everybody because we don't know who's gone for the holiday, so that'll be a little challenging," Fruetel told KMSP.
According to WCCO, many of the families who lost everything in the blaze were allowed to ride Metro Transit buses to stay warm while authorities and volunteers determined how best to find new living spaces for those displaced.
Donations can be made to the Minnesota Red Cross, and the service organization is assisting those displaced by the fire by opening the doors of nearby Bethlehem Baptist Church for the next few nights to those seeking shelter, WCCO reported.
We're responding to the Francis Drake Hotel fire in Minneapolis. The best way to help those affected by disasters like the Drake fire is to make a financial donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief at https://t.co/jQNyWeWjCc. We're unable to support goods donated on scene. pic.twitter.com/5amvIbVVDL— Minnesota Red Cross (@mnredcross) December 25, 2019
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