H-SANTA MARIA

Oct 23, 2013 8:11 PM by Katherine Worsham, KSBY News

Hotel fire victims can spend more time in shelter

The people displaced by a fire at the Town Center Inn in Santa Maria will be able to spend more time at a Red Cross shelter. The shelter at the Minami Community Center was set to close on Friday, October 25, but it will now remain open until November 1. City officials say that will give the displaced residents more time to find long-term housing. More than 50 people were left homeless after the October 12 fire at the hotel on North Broadway. Some of them will soon be able to return to the Town Center Inn. City officials say the Santa Maria Fire Department and the city's building division are working with the building owner to facilitate repairs. The fire caused more than $1.4 million in damages. A former employee of the hotel, Amos Andrews, faces arson charges for allegedly starting the fire.

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