Tuesday, May 4, 2010


A fire ripped through an apartment complex in northwest Austin early Tuesday morning. The fire destroyed sixteen units at the Cottages Wells Branch Apartment Complex and displaced approximately 20 people including a number of children. As of 8 this morning the fire was out, however fire crews still have the immediate area cordoned off for further investigation.  

As in any fire, the American Red Cross of Central Texas quickly responded to the fire. Our volunteers met with each of the affected residents and provided the necessary resources to get them through the next couple of days. Air mattresses, blankets and other essentials were provided to the victims.

“In the past couple of months we have seen a great outpouring of support for our international efforts in Haiti and Chile but what many people forget is that every day, we’re helping countless military families and people who have lost everything in a fire,” said CEO Marty McKellips. “The Red Cross depends on local donors to help Central Texans when they need it most.”

The Red Cross of Central Texas responds, on average, to a house or apartment fire every other day. It is through the generosity of the people of Central Texas that we are able to provide our services to every family affected.


  1. our church is gathering supplies for families from the fire. how can we find out the needs and where should we bring them?

  2. The American Red Cross does not accept donations of goods or household items, however in these cases you can contact the family or apartment complex directly, as they are often accepting items directly. For more info please visit the DONATE section of our website: http://www.centex.redcross.org/donate/index.php