About a dozen people are still being sheltered nearly a week after the Budget Inn in Fairfield caught fire due to an apparent short circuit in the main power supply to the building.
About 90 people, including 10 children, were at the Budget Inn, 4670 Dixie Highway, at the time of the fire around 3:15 a.m. on Friday. American Red Cross case workers connected them with partner agencies to address their housing needs. Most of the displaced occupants at the Budget Inn were long-term residents.
Between 50 and 60 people were moved to the Fitton Family YMCA in Hamilton temporarily after the fire with the help of the American Red Cross, according to Fairfield fire officials. Marita Salkowski, a spokesperson for the American Red Cross in Cincinnati, said there are still about 12 people in need of shelter assistance. Those people are now at Calvary Chapel, 5957 Boymel Drive, she said.
“Case workers are working to find sustainable shelters or living conditions as they move out of the shelter,” Salkowski said.
The fire broke out due to a short circuit in the building’s main power supply, causing sparks, flames and smoke to erupt, according to the Fairfield Fire Department. The fire did not breach the building, but until power is restored, fire officials said it’s uninhabitable.
Budget Inn owner Ila Desai told our news partner, WCPO-TV, she “was nervous” when the fire broke out.
“I was worried about the people who were in the building,” she said.
Until power is restored, the Budget Inn will remain closed.
“They said they’d fix it right and that it won’t happen again because a lot of peoples’ lives are at stake,” Desai told WCPO.
Desai said customers are able to come back to the hotel to collect belongings in their rooms.