Next steps uncertain for families displaced after midtown fire

by: Liz Artz Updated:

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ATLANTA, Ga. —

Midtown residents displaced by a fire Friday night are trying to determine what's next after support from the American Red Cross ends.

Channel 2's Liz Artz walked through the carnage with a few of the residents Sunday evening. Several of them told Artz they have not been able to get in touch with the property management company.

Dan Cater said the day after the fire he stopped by his unit at the Chalet Apartments and was heartbroken to discover he had nothing left.

Cater took Artz through the charred remains of his midtown apartment where he has lived 16 years. He showed her where the flames came through his neighbor's wall.

Cater's neighbor admitted Friday night to causing the fire. He told firefighters he was smoking. Cater thinks the man drifted off to sleep with a cigarette in hand.

Cater said he's trying not to get angry about the situation.

Sedric Lanard lost nearly everything, too. He's been getting help from the Red Cross, but Monday he's on his own. He says he does not know where he'll go after that.

"I'm homeless and I'm not sure what I'll do," he said.

Artz talked to a half dozen Chalet residents Sunday. They said they found shelter for the weekend, but are overwhelmed by what's next. Unlike Cater, many of them did not have renters' insurance.

A representative from the Red Cross said it's not too late for them to get help if they declined it Friday night. She also said Monday they'll get a case worker, someone who will be by their side as they figure out what to do next.

Artz was not able to reach the property management company.