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Dozens of Van Nuys Motel Occupants Assisted by the American Red Cross

Fire Engines at the Voyager Hotel Fire - American Red Cross Los Angeles
Thanks to the hard work of more than 100 Red Cross workers, the residents received the support and care they needed immediately after the tragedy.

It took firefighters more than an hour to extinguish the flames at a fast-burning fire Sat., Aug. 24, at the Voyager Motel in Van Nuys. The motel was occupied by more than 50 adults and children.

After the fire was extinguished, the Red Cross opened a disaster shelter at Delano Park in Van Nuys for nearly two dozen motel residents, providing a place to stay, comfort kits, food, and recovery assistance.

After the fire was extinguished, the Red Cross opened a disaster shelter at Delano Park in Van Nuys for nearly two dozen motel residents, providing a place to stay, comfort kits, food, and recovery assistance. Other residents who did not need to sleep at the shelter were able to receive snacks, food, and recovery information.

The shelter was open for four days, closing Aug. 27. The Red Cross is continuing to work with families affected by the fire regarding their recovery plans upon leaving the shelter. Tragically, none of the families or individuals were able to return to the motel and all had to seek new housing. However, thanks to the hard work of more than 100 Red Cross workers, the residents received the support and care they needed immediately after the tragedy.

A big thanks to the L.A. County Metropolitan Transit Authority, which provided a bus for evacuated residents to get to the shelter.