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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Property manager Augusta Realty is working hard to find housing solutions for those who lost their homes in the Spanish Arms Apartment fire.

Throughout the day, many tenants at the Spanish Arms Apartments have spent the day salvaging what remains of their belongings after a fire ravaged their homes, leaving many wondering where to go. The apartments’ property manager, Augusta Realty, was out early this morning assisting the Red Cross to check on tenants and make sure everyone was safe. Augusta knew tenants would need help, so it offered shelter solutions throughout the day. Augusta General Manager Courtney Jenkins explained the details of their offer.


“We help them find a new home for the owner. We get them any available apartment complex that fits their needs,” Jenkins says. “For any tenant we don’t have a suitable one, we’ll give back their prorated July rent today, as well as their security deposit, so they have somewhere to sleep tonight.”

One of the apartment’s residents, David Kilcrease, has lived at the Spanish Arms for about 8 years and told us he would probably be sleeping in his truck if Augusta Realty hadn’t stepped up to help. Kilcrease explained that he is diabetic and that the property manager made arrangements in the early hours of the morning to rescue David’s insulin from his apartment so he could have access to his life-saving medication.

Kilcrease further described Augusta’s care during this difficult time, saying, “They’re on top of everything and trying to get everyone to another place as quickly as possible. I mean, they’ve been working really hard with me and trying to get me to another place as quickly as possible and they’ve done that. It’s all going to be OK and I’ve got to start over.”

About 20 people were left homeless by the fire, and Augusta tells us they are not going home until each of them has a safe place to sleep tonight. They are appealing to the Abilene community to provide any assistance they can to the victims of this fire. They say supplies such as blankets, clothing, water bottles and non-perishable food items would be ideal, and you can donate these directly to their offices at 2481 South Danville Drive.