Chicago Woman Buys Hotel Rooms For Chicago’s Homeless During Polar Vortex

The Polar Vortex is hitting the Midwest hard right now with temperatures that are dangerously low.

And a good samaritan decided to pay for 70 hotel rooms in Chicago for the homeless who have been affected by the extreme weather. Some places are experiencing -50 degree weather.

The woman by the name of Candice Payne, bought out the hotel rooms after a homeless camp in Chicago was forced to clear out due to a fire.

According to the Chicago Tribune , the makeshift homeless camp was lined with tents that were being heated with donated propane tanks. One of the tanks exploded and caught fire, no one was injured but everyone had to leave the lot.

“When we got there, the fire was extinguished and they found all these propane cylinders. That’s when we escalated it to a level 1 hazmat,” said Fire Chief Walter Schroeder to the Chicago Tribune.

“There was a significant amount of propane there,” he added. “And with that many cylinders, that’s like a bomb going off.”

The city was preparing to move the homeless people to a Salvation Army warming center when an anonymous citizen paid for a week-long hotel stay for all of the homeless people affected by the fire.

 

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