The City of Santa Maria says people burned out of their homes in a hotel fire will be able to continue using an emergency shelter in the city through November 1st.
A Red Cross shelter was opened at the Minami Community Center following the October 12th blaze at the Town Center Inn, which caused an estimated $1.4 million dollars in damage, and left dozens homeless. The shelter had been scheduled to close, but because of the need, the decision was made to keep it in operation. It’s expected some people will be able to move back into at least part of the hotel next week.
The city temporarily relocated several recreation programs based at the center to accommodate the shelter.
Seven people suffered injuries in the blaze, which Santa Maria Fire investigators determined was an arson fire. Police arrested Amos Andrews of Santa Maria for arson. He hasn’t entered a plea yet to charges he is facing.