Police in Matthews asked the public Monday for donations of basic personal care items to help 11 apartment residents who lost everything in a fire Friday night.
Police Corp. Lori Valdes said seven men and four women, ranging in age from their early teens to late 50s, are in need of items.
“They have been displaced and lost everything,” Valdes said.
The 11 were among the victims of a blaze that damaged 23 apartment units at the Berkshires of Matthews, off Matthews-Mint Hill Road near Butler High School. Two people were injured in the fire when they jumped to safety from an upper level of the three-story building.
“We are asking for donations of basic needs, such as personal care items, pillows, blankets, bedding, toiletries,” Valdes said.
Fire officials say the blaze started in a first-floor apartment unit and was accidental in nature.
People with donations can call Berkshires of Matthews property Manager Jennifer Laney, 704-847-5156 or can contact Valdes, 704-845-1651, to leave items at the police department.