Dozens of families still displaced after fire

Posted at 9:49 PM, Mar 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-23 23:18:15-04

MILWAUKEE -- 28 families are going on night two without being allowed inside their homes at Oklahoma Manor Apartments.

"You're not prepared for that kind of situation," expalined Carlos Sanchez-Pierola, resident.

Carlos Sanchez-Pierola has only seen his apartment from the outside.

"Smoke everywhere, and it smelled really heavy." 

The school teacher doesn't know what he'll find when he opens his door.

"I wonder when we're going to go back home because I have my food, my clothing, everything right there," said Sanchez-Pierola.

The Red Cross gave Carlos and his family an emergency credit card.

"Food, shelter, clothing, so the immediate needs," explained Leslie Luther, Red Cross.

The damage to the building is estimated around $300,000.  Some residents are back inside their apartments, but the people living in the building where the fire started are left waiting. 

"Some of them may be able to get back in tomorrow morning as early as tomorrow morning.  Others their apartments were totally destroyed, could be months before they get back into a new place," said Luther.

Like many residents affected, Carlos hopes he can soon get his life back in order. 

"Wondering what's going to happen tomorrow," said Sachez-Pierola.

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the fire.  If you'd like to help the victims, contact the Red Cross online or by calling (414) 342-8680.