ORLANDO, Fla. – A fire at a homeless shelter in Orlando has left 237 men displaced as the building is currently not usable.
The fire happened at the Coalition for the Homeless men’s shelter on Terry Avenue Wednesday afternoon. Orlando fire crews had to break windows to get hoses to reach the flames, leading to flooding and water damage. The building is currently not usable. No one was hurt.
The cause of the fire is not known, but the Homeless Services Network said arson was not the cause. On Thursday officials said the shelter likely will not be usable for the next 10 days.
Some 237 men were displaced by the fire. Michael Boudreau is one of them.
“From what I heard, somebody caught a mattress on fire. There’s water damage, a lot of water damage. They shut the electric off,” Boudreau said. “I ended up staying over in Winter