Early in the morning of December 9, 2022 volunteers with the American Red Cross Serving the Quad Cities and West Central Illinois were called to a large fire at the Westbrook Terrace apartment complex in Keokuk, Iowa.
The entire 16-unit apartment building was destroyed as it went up in flames, immediately putting 34 people out of their homes.
Pushed by high winds, the fire quickly spread into the roof support space and swept across the entire building. Firefighters from the Keokuk Fire Department and Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department battled the flames and brought the fire under control but not before the majority of the roof structure was destroyed, making the building not suitable for living.
The Red Cross is working with our community partner the Salvation Army to provide immediate assistance as we transition to navigating the next steps to make sure people affected have longer term lodging and further assistance. Red Cross volunteer caseworkers responded to the scene to make sure every person had resources for the upcoming days and the weeks to come.
Red Cross volunteer Carl Tortorige provides resources and information for a victim of the Dec. 9 fire in Keokuk, IA
Red Cross Volunteers from Quincy arrived on scene with an Emergency Response Vehicle and provided client intake services, immediate financial aid, and comfort kits for the displaced residents.