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Some apartment fire survivors still sheltered in school gym

The scene of a fire at Park View Haven Apartments in Manitowoc, May 10, 2017. (WLUK/Doug Ritchay)

MANITOWOC (WLUK) -- With the help of financial assistance from the American Red Cross, the survivors of last week's apartment fire in Manitowoc have new clothes.

The Red Cross says it started issuing the financial assistance on Friday. It helped the victims get new pants, undergarments and other supplies.

Thirteen people stayed at the Wilson Junior High School gym on Sunday night, down from 18 on Thursday and Friday. The Red Cross says it is working with each individual to find housing.

Eighty people were forced from their homes following Thursday's fire at Parkview Haven. Police say one woman, 57-year-old Dana Bushman, didn't make it out of the smoke-filled building.

"The situation at their homes, at the apartment building, is still somewhat in the air," said Steve Hansen of the Red Cross' Northeast Wisconsin chapter. "We don't know for sure when, or if, they will be able to return to their homes, so it's very very difficult for the families, but the American Red Cross is there to help them get through this."

Those who wish to help can donate to the American Red Cross of Wisconsin or text "Manitowoc" to 41444 to donate to the Salvation Army of Manitowoc County.

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