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American Red Cross helps victims of Rand, West Virginia apartments

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Investigators are continuing to search for two suspects after a meth lab used an apartment building in Rand, West Virginia to catch on fire Monday.

The lab was inside an apartment on Starling Drive. Deputies have issued warrants for Gregory and Maria Young, residents of the apartment complex, on meth charges.

According to deputies, four people were treated for injuries from the fire. The owner of the apartment building said all of the apartments will be tested for meth contamination.

13 News investigated what help those living in the condemned units could receive while they are forced out of their homes without their belongings. 

For some, this apartment complex on Starling Drive was once considered home. However, now it's condemned after catching fire from a meth lab inside.

"You're just left homeless, you're left devastated," said Lisa Bragg of Cross Lanes, West Virginia. Bragg had to move out of her apartment complex in 2010 after police raided the building and discovered a meth lab inside. 13 News covered her story when it first made headlines.

"Losing everything that you have is really hard. There should be clothing; there should be someone there that can help. There should be an organization set up to come and help in this kind of situation," said Bragg.

After speaking to Bragg, 13 News made a couple phone calls to find out exactly what could be done to help victims of condemned apartment like these.

According to the American Red Cross, if an apartment building floods or catches on fire, displaced residents can get food, clothing and temporary shelter.

For those forced out of their homes, like Bragg, help is given on an as-needed basis.

"All these people helped out giving, I mean it was great so if these people need anything, we give back," said Bragg.

If you are forced out of your house due to a meth lab, call the American Red Cross at 304-340-3650.