Long-term care plans for those impacted by the fire at 4 Deerfield Dr. on April 18 are now in the works.
Algonquin has opened its doors, offering up 40 rooms for stay at the college’s residence. Coordination efforts between the college and Minto properties have since accommodated the rest of those displaced in the wake of the fire.
“They hooked us up with a room and giftcards to Chances-R so we could eat. We’ve been given three meals a day there so that’s been really helpful,” said Brandon Hargrave, 21, graduate of the robotics course at Algonquin whose second-storey apartment suffered a great deal of water damage.
Free-of-charge counselling services and gift cards for clothing, groceries and other basic necessities are available to students at this time.
Vice-president of student services Laura Stranbra has been impressed with the support she’s seen from the community. “People have been reaching out, it’s been great,” said Stranbra.
“Next up, we’re planning for the long-term. We’re thinking about students and exam compensation for anyone who needs it,” said Stranbra. “You’ve gotta be human about it.”
The college community was left reeling after the eruption of flames that began in the corner-apartment of the building and quickly spread through the entirety of the third floor. Cause of the fire is still under investigation with no information being disclosed to the public at this time.
Jeff Woods, the main media liaison for the Red Cross says Algonquin and Minto have both been great in stepping up and opening their doors. “The Red Cross and Salvation Army have taken the lead, working hand-in-hand to ensure nobody’s out on the street.”
“When certain elements of the building are safe, residents will be able to get in and get any belongings they were forced to leave without,” said George Van Noten, Senior Vice President of operations for Minto properties.