Displaced Rolling Meadows residents get $1,000 checks

  • Joe Lewnard/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Displaced residents of 49 condominium units damaged by a deadly March 4 fire received checks for $1,000 from the Rolling Meadows complex's management company. Authorities say the fire was caused by a resident smoking near oxygen tanks in his unit.

    Joe Lewnard/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Displaced residents of 49 condominium units damaged by a deadly March 4 fire received checks for $1,000 from the Rolling Meadows complex's management company. Authorities say the fire was caused by a resident smoking near oxygen tanks in his unit.

 
 
Updated 3/23/2015 4:16 PM

Residents who were displaced from 49 units of a Rolling Meadows condo building after a fatal fire earlier this month each received a $1,000 check from the complex's management company.

Associa Chicagoland's nonprofit disaster relief foundation Associa Cares gave $1,000 checks to each family displaced in the deadly March 4 fire at Fountains on Carriageway Condos in Rolling Meadows, according to a news release. Along with the checks, residents were also given donated food, toiletries, toys and gift cards.

 

"The reaction from the displaced residents when receiving the check for $1,000 was overwhelming. Many of them cried, and so did our staff," Director of Business Development Erica Horndasch said. "They were so grateful to have the support and help of Associa and had wonderful things to say about the event and how quickly things are moving in just two weeks."

The March 4 fire was caused by a resident smoking near oxygen tanks in his unit. That resident, 55-year-old Kenneth Vansickle, died from

injuries suffered when jumping from his balcony to escape the fire, police said.

Officials have not yet said when residents will be allowed to move back into the building as fire and water damage was extensive.

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