Boone Homeless Fund asks for donations to house apartment fire victims

Isabella Rosario
Ames Tribune

The Boone Homeless Fund is collecting donations to help victims of this weekend's apartment fire obtain affordable housing.

The nonprofit is asking for $5,000 to assist 11 individuals and families, executive director Annie Wallert Cook said.

Donations can be made via the organization's Facebook page, PayPal, GiveLively, or by texting 843255290 to 44321. 

The Salvation Army provided lodging and food assistance in the fire's immediate aftermath. The organization is still accepting donations for displaced residents at its Boone offices, located at 503 Benton St.

American Red Cross volunteers have since responded, transferring 22 residents to local hotels, according to a news release. Meals will be provided Tuesday.

"Volunteers continue to assist the impacted residents and will help them develop recovery plans to address their needs that arose following the fire," the release said.

►Previously: Apartment fire in downtown Boone leaves one man dead, approximately 24 residents displaced

The apartment fire in downtown Boone on Sunday left one man dead and forced approximately 24 people to evacuate, according to the fire department.

Firefighters arrived at 814 Eighth St. shortly before 6 a.m. Sunday, according to a news release. Flames were coming from a fifth-floor apartment on the south side of the six-story building.

Upon entering that residence, which is believed to be where the fire originated, firefighters found 66-year-old Steven Michael Crise. Crise was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Boone Fire Department was assisted by the Ogden, Ames, Stratford and Gilbert fire departments.

The fire is being investigated by the Boone Fire Department, Boone police and the State Fire Marshal's Office.

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Isabella Rosario is a public safety reporter for the Ames Tribune. She can be reached by email at or on Twitter at @irosarioc.