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Veterans Day brings good news for veterans displaced after fire

LITTLE RIVER, SC (WMBF) - The income based apartment building for veterans that caught fire Sunday morning has been condemned for the time being after a major portion of it was destroyed in the blaze.

However, those involved are hopeful that this Veterans Day will bring some much needed good news.

Horry County Fire Rescue ruled the fire accidental and the cause is still undetermined.

What is certain is that the four veterans who lived in the building are now forced to find shelter elsewhere.

Red Cross has given the displaced veterans accommodations to last for the next few days, and Daniel Morphet, a four-year army vet, says other veterans have also reached out to show their support.

“I got a lot of responses on Facebook from a bunch of friends that are vets that actually own their own construction company and they want to donate some man hours and whatever needs to be done," said Morphet. "The help's available, we just gotta get it in gear, get the logistics taken care of and get it done. I'll do it. Just give me the materials to get it done."

With this being Veterans Day the men and women affected say they're staying positive. "It's a damper but it's a beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky. You can't do this in New York, in the middle of November," said Morphet.

The director of the North Strand Housing Shelter, Christina Nelson, says the hard part now is just making the home live able again.

Repairing the damage, fixing the sprinkler systems and getting the electricity turned on are just a few of those problems. But she urges everyone not to worry.

"The Red Cross is now working with other organizations, to see if we can get them in a place, because we're looking at less than two weeks. But two weeks is sort of our magic number to at least get them back into the home," said Nelson.

Those involved with the shelter say they will continue to get everything up to code and inspected in the coming weeks, so that the retired men and women who lived at the home can go back to their everyday lives.

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