Eighteen people were displaced from their Poughkeepsie apartments after an early morning fire on Mill Street.
Fourteen adults and four children were provided financial assistance Monday to cover shelter, food, clothing and other necessities, according to Mid-Hudson Valley chapter of the American Red Cross.
Multiple fire agencies responded to a structure fire at 316 and 318 Mill St. at 3:29 a.m., according according to City Fire Chief Mark Johnson.
The next-door building at 320 Mill St. was occupied but didn't sustain any fire damage, Johnson said.
Mayor Rob Rolison confirmed Tuesday morning that residents from 320 were displaced. Their building "had to be posted unsafe" because its electrical service was damaged in the fire. However, the structure itself was not damaged in the fire.
"There's currently no electricity to the building," Rolison said. "Essentially what has to happen is a licensed electrician needs to repair the electrical service, it gets inspected and then it can be reoccupied."
The owner and occupant in 318 Mill St. attempted to put out the fire Monday morning but Johnson said he couldn't and was able to evacuate the building safely.
"Unfortunately the condition of the building prevent us from doing a complete physical investigation," Johnson said Tuesday morning. "The owner/occupant said he had a space heater going that ignited a couch. Until the building is stabilized to safely verify his account, we cannot determine the cause."