HOOVER, AL – A fire at the Hoover, Texas, Riverchase Landing apartments has forced at least ten families to relocate.
On February 5, a Monday afternoon, there was a fire. The family has had a challenging week; many are now lodging in hotels and Airbnb while they consider their options.
They claim that they received assistance from the Red Cross following the fire, but it wasn’t much. It’s sentimental. It’s challenging emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. “It has significantly affected the students at the school, not to mention the entire community,” stated Alexander Evans, a Riverchase Landing renter.
“Being in a hotel right now makes things challenging. We are in a motel room with a king-size bed. As another tenant, Takeshia Grady, put it, “You know, that’s, that’s not ideal living.”
A few weeks before the incident, Grady and her family had moved into the apartment building; according to her, her children were the ones who alerted her to the fire.
Grady remarked, “Getting that call from kids saying the house is smoking and they don’t know where it’s coming from was a traumatic experience.”
Grady and other affected individuals, such as Evans, claim they require assistance.
“If you’re a veteran, you’re forced to apply for veterans help through other channels like GoFundMe, which requires an application procedure and isn’t instantaneous. Therefore, this is going to put someone, especially in the winter, at a big disadvantage financially, emotionally, and physically unless they have a decent amount of savings, Evans said.
Fortunately, nearby churches and veteran’s groups have also offered their assistance and support. An email from the complex states that they are even willing to relocate the families into empty units.
WBRC requested a comment from the apartment complex, but as of Friday night, we had not heard anything.