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Residents sought from East Boston fire scene

For those affected by today's fire on Chelsea Street in East Boston, the American Red Cross is opening a Service Center at the Paris Street Community Center, 112 Paris St. in East Boston. Residents may seek emergency financial assistance and referrals for housing and other longer-term needs. For information, come by between the hours of 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. to speak to a caseworker, or call 1-800-564-1234.

As all residents had a place to go tonight, we will not have need of a shelter. There will be no shelter opening tonight for this incident.

So far Red Cross volunteers and staff have offered assistance to 27 persons from Chelsea Street, mostly in the form of emergency funds for food and clothing. We are anticipating more people will come forward, and do not have an estimate as to the cost of disaster relief for this incident. We are supported by the generosity of the American people, and they can assist local disaster relief by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.

The city of Boston Boston is providing the space at the Paris Street Community Center for American Red Cross volunteers to set up the service center. Representatives from Boston Centers for Youth and Families, Boston EMS, Mayor's office of Emergency Management will be on scene in addition to Red Cross staff.