Early Monday morning, a 3-alarm fire broke out in a 6-story apartment building on West Gun Hill Road in the Norwood section of the Bronx. The blaze started shortly after 6:00 A.M. in the attic of a top floor apartment before it spread to neighboring units in the building. Twenty four apartments in total were affected in some way by the blaze. Two of the apartments were severely damaged and eighteen were vacated.
American Red Cross teams responded to the fire immediately and assisted residents at the scene with food, water and emotional/health support. Emergency housing was also provided to eight families and funds for food and clothing were offered to those who needed it.
Affected families are expected to meet one-on-one with the Red Cross caseworkers in the days to come for additional assistance including referrals for longer term housing.
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