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Nearly 50 assisted after fatal Alpine Motel fire; assistance center to open

Updated December 23, 2019 - 2:41 pm

The number of fire victims assisted by the American Red Cross following Saturday’s deadly Alpine Motel Apartments fire has risen to 49, an official said.

Jennifer Sparks, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross of Southern Nevada, said the agency has now helped 40 adults and nine children displaced by the deadly fire in downtown Las Vegas early Saturday. An assistance center to help victims opened Monday morning at the Dula Gym, 441 E. Bonanza Road.

“The Red Cross will be available at the Family Assistance Center being set up by the City of Las Vegas government,” the Red Cross said on its Facebook page.

The number of people receiving assistance rose by 11 Sunday, Sparks said. Residents affected by the fire who have not yet received assistance can call 1-800-RED-CROSS or 855-891-7325.

At least three of the children impacted are Clark County School District officials.

Hollingsworth Elementary School on Monday began collecting, supplies and toys for three of its families displaced by the fire, according to an email from Principal Staca Sadie. Community members wishing to make a donation can make arrangements with the school’s community liaison, Dorothy Delgado.

Six people were killed and 13 were injured when smoke and flames engulfed the interior of the motel at 213 N. Ninth St. The fire started when most of the residents were sleeping. Five of the 13 injured were in critical condition, authorities said.

The fire was the deadliest blaze in city of Las Vegas history.

Contact Glenn Puit at gpuit@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0390. Follow @GlennatRJ on Twitter. Review-Journal staff writer Aleksandra Appleton contributed to this report.