NEWTON, Iowa -- 24 residents of an eastern Newton apartment complex that were displaced by fire Monday night, have until Wednesday, October 31, to get their belongings out of the building. The fire started on a balcony of a unit on the third floor of the Walnut Creek Apartments. The apartments are located on East 17th Street South, just across from Hy-Vee.
The blaze caused structural damage to the roof, walls, and floors. The fire also caused quite a bit of water and smoke damage. The building is considered unsafe and no one is allowed to live in it at this time. A second floor resident says the community has really helped out the residents that were displaced.
"You know, the community itself, Best Western, our Landlord Dave Anderson, Red Cross, everybody`s really pitching in and taking care of everybody who is affected by it," said second floor resident, Patrick Evans-Winfield. "We're getting all of our deposits back and they`re prorating the rest of the month, whatever we're not living here for. So, they've done a good job of making sure we all get our stuff out, get our money back..."
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.