Lakeside Manor resident Gene Gilland, 72, was found unresponsive in his apartment, and was later pronounced dead of fire-related causes after a fire Thursday night led to the evacuation of all of its residents.
Lakeside Manor resident Gene Gilland, 72, was found unresponsive in his apartment, and was pronounced dead of fire-related causes after a fire Thursday night.
Residents of Lakeside Manor in Redwood Falls were evacuated Thursday night when a fire was discovered in the Minnesota Street facility.
The Redwood Falls Fire Department re-sponded to the scene of the fire at approximately 7 p.m.
Local law enforcement and the Brown, West-Nicollet, Red-wood, Renville Chapter of the Red Cross were also on scene.
The state fire marshal was on the scene soon after the fire to investigate the incident, and as of Friday that investigation was still being conducted.
Temperatures Thurs-day night were bitterly cold, which meant finding immediate protection and overnight shelter for the residents.
Thielen Bus Lines of Redwood Falls was called in and provided two school buses for the residents in order to keep them warm.
According to Jim Sandgren, Redwood County emergency management director, Thielen was on the scene within minutes of being called to assist.
Many of the residents who were displaced as a result of the fire were able to go home for the evening with family, but some were taken to hotels, and others, including local pastors volunteered to house individuals overnight.
A meeting was held Friday morning in Sandgren’s office, with local law enforcement, city officials, members of the Red Cross and staff from Lakeside Manor on hand to discuss the next steps as the community meets the immediate needs for the residents.
Throughout the day Friday officials met to talk more about the short-term strategy for the residents.
According to Nikki Warner, Lakeside Manor director, an insurance agent was going to be on hand to assess the damage, but that assessment would not move forward until the complete investigation of the facility was conducted.
No information re-garding any injuries as a result of the fire were released at the time this edition went to print. Other organizations, including public health, the Salvation Army and community churches were being called upon to help with the disaster.
In the weeks and months to come, the community is going to have a number of opportunities to help as the residents continue to be in need.
Information regarding where donations could be made were not available.
As that information is provided, readers are going to be able to find it online at the Gazette Web site at www.redwoodfallsgazette.com.
More information regarding the fire and its impact follows in Thursday’s edition.