Reporter: James Gherardi l Videographer: R.J. Burnette
Martinsville, VA - Spruce Village Apartments is home to about 100 senior citizens. It is heavily damaged following a fire that tore through it on Tuesday.
The fire marshal is not releasing the suspect's name, but says he is being questioned by investigators. Investigators took a look at the damage Friday morning. They say luckily, this fire was under control quickly and residents were evacuated within minutes.
The blaze began in an apartment in the back of the building and then spread to just one other. But every apartment sustained smoke damage.
Officials determined the building was not safe for residents to stay in Thursday night because of high levels of carbon monoxide. On Friday, while some apartments were safe to return to, many were not. The Red Cross is trying to find temporary housing for about 20 senior citizens.
"Eighty of the rooms are potentially clear for tonight. We don't have a final confirmation on that, the management with the unit is going through and approving that at this point in time. For the others, we are working to make accommodations for them if they don't already have accommodations with family," said Linette Nuckols, the executive director of the Martinsville, Henry County Red Cross.
The Red Cross is still seeking assistance in caring for these displaced men and women. If you'd like to help, you're asked to bring donations to their facility at 1081 Spruce Street in Martinsville.