Starting on Saturday and into the new week, the Red Cross opened two local shelters in response to fires in the Los Angeles Region.
A brush fire on Saturday in Monrovia brought out Red Cross volunteers to man a canteen for grateful fire fighters and an evacuation center at the Monrovia Community Center which later become a shelter to serve needs in the area. About 50 volunteers worked to keep the fire fighters hydrated and fed until the fire was considered contained on Sunday.
Then, on Monday, in response to a 24-unit apartment fire in North Hollywood, the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region opened a shelter at the North Hollywood Rec Center which served victims displaced from their homes. Four people occupied the shelter on Monday and two on Tuesday night.
The fire damaged five units in the structure at Riverton and Magnolia and resulted in a fatality. One of the 50 people who were displaced by the blaze remained in the hospital. Case workers will continue to work with individuals and coordinate with the city.
About 100 Red Cross volunteers have responded, providing food and client services, helping victims assess their resources and prepare their recovery. Client Services, mental health services and a nurse all assisted in the effort.