American Red Cross assisting 19 families displaced by fires in Newark

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Firefighters said damages are estimated to be around $8,000, and the home is uninhabitable at this time. Flood said that no one, however, was injured in the blaze.

"We are not expected to jeopardize ourselves if it is not safe", Allemang said. He said the exact cause of the fire is unknown, however, and remains under investigation.

Before I started at the Red Cross, I had no idea how many people were losing their homes and everything they loved in a fire.

"Our thoughts are with the families affected by these devastating home fires", Regional CEO of American Red Cross New Jersey Region Ana Montero said.

American Red Cross assisting 19 families displaced by fires in Newark
American Red Cross assisting 19 families displaced by fires in Newark

In the seminar, Jennifer Ross, the executive director for South Dakota, highlighted how the Red Cross gives relief to people who are facing a disaster, while also hosting other preemptive services, such as blood drives, health and safety services, including global assistance and services to the armed forces. The residents left the home believing the trash fire was out, but that was not the case. They're away from their families for at least two weeks. "Just produce it if you got it". It is important to plug the space heater directly into an outlet and not an extension cord.

It is a battle waged by firefighters and the American Red Cross. "With trained volunteers, we can help them with the steps on the road to recovery", says O'Brien. People can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Salkowski listed a few stats needed for the Ohio River Valley Red Cross chapter: "We need 60 more volunteers in the Portsmouth area".

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