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Red Cross, Habitat Help 70 People Displaced by Weekend Fire

For volunteers, it's a different kind of Super Bowl Sunday.

Red Cross volunteers from around the region responded to the New Rochelle apartment fire Feb. 1. Photo courtesy: Red Cross
Red Cross volunteers from around the region responded to the New Rochelle apartment fire Feb. 1. Photo courtesy: Red Cross

Volunteers from the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity are helping 70 people who were displaced by a three-alarm fire Saturday in an apartment building at 472 Pelham Road.

The Red Cross has closed the shelter it opened for tenants at the Hugh Doyle Senior Center Saturday and Sunday nights, said Red Cross spokeswoman Abigail Adams.

"We know we will be working with the families—all of them—for their immediate emergency needs, food, clothing," Adams said. "And we're also providing mental health support, because obviously it's extremely stressful."

Thirty-five apartments were affected.

"The building is closed, residents cannot go back in," Adams said. "They're working on assessing the building right now."

Habitat for Humanity in Westchester is also helping the displaced tenants with clothing and other needs, said Jim Halloran. Habitat's Super Bowl Buildathon included students from Mamaroneck and Ardsley and was dedicated to the families and firefighters in the New Rochelle fire, he said. 

A firefighter and a resident were both hospitalized in the three-alarm blaze, News 12 reported.

The firefighter fell out of a third-story window and broke his arm, according to Channel 7 ABC.






Nummy February 02, 2014 at 06:52 PM
COPY AND PASTE NEWS only from patch, this news is more the 30 hours old, patch needs to get their act together!

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