Centreville fire victims eligible for disaster loans

People who were affected by last month’s serious fire at the Forest Glen Senior Apartments in Centreville can now apply for low-interest loans.

The U.S. Small Business Administration has issued a disaster declaration. That means that loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed homes. Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans of up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Interest rates are as low as 1.938 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

The fire, on May 2, destroyed much of the apartment complex in the 14400 block of Windmere Court. The first units to arrive reported fire in a third floor apartment, extending up to the fourth floor and the attic. Before the blaze could be brought under control it extended to two rows of buildings and part of the structure collapsed. Four people were hurt and were taken to the hospital. Three other people were treated for minor injuries at the scene. Seventy-five apartment units were evacuated leaving about 125 people without a place to live. The victims also lost most of their possessions.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental and started on a third floor balcony. The fire was caused by the improper disposal of smoking materials.

SBA’s customer service representatives will be available at a Disaster Loan Outreach Center at the Cub Run Rec Center, 4630 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly. They can answer questions about the disaster loan program and help individuals complete their applications.

Hours of operation are:

Monday, June 18 – Thursday, June 21 , 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, June 22 (center closes at 5 p.m).

People can also apply online on the SBA’s secure website: www.DisasterLoan.sba.gov. Information and an application can be obtained on the phone: 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by email at: disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.



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