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Residents struggle to rebuild lives one month after deadly Westminster apartment fire

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Posted at 4:43 PM, Aug 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-22 21:07:37-04

WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- A double amputee with end-stage kidney failure is struggling to rebuild her life after losing her apartment in a fire. 

It's been one month since a fire destroyed a building at the Westbury Apartments in Westminster. Two people were killed and 14 were injured when someone set a fire that rapidly spread through the building in the middle of the night.

"Everyone thinks...we got new homes and we're doing great and that's not the case at all," said Kristen Bering, who lost her home.

Bering called Westbury home for more than six years. She's been staying in a motel ever since the fire.

"Trying to move forward is so hard from this," Bering said.

She said it's been difficult to find Section 8 housing that's handicap-accessible. Bering is a double amputee and uses a wheelchair. She also has a 9-year-old son named Logan.

A spokesperson with the City of Westminster said they are giving her funds for the motel but that assistance ends on Sept. 1.

"Life was hard enough and now it’s just unbearable to try because I only have until September 1st and then I’m going to be living in my van," Bering said.

Westminster officials said they worked to find her an apartment in Denver and Aurora but Bering's family said there were accessibility issues at both places.

"We just need a break. I need to be able to find something so we can call home." Bering said.