Kalli Vaughn wasn’t sure what was coming next.
When her roommate Carol Stoll woke her up by screaming “FIRE!” they ran out of the building with just about nothing but their third roommate Danielle Glazen.
“I looked out the window and it was totally red,” said Danielle. “I touched the door and it was cool, so I just sprinted.”
They got out unharmed, but the fire in Somerville on July 25 took six buildings. They were standing outside their building, watching firefighters finish up when a Red Cross volunteer approached and told them they could go to the Argenziano School, where help from the Red Cross was waiting.
Today the reception center is serving as an information center, a place to rest, and a place to get food – pizza provided by the Somerville Food Services Department. The roommates – all education majors in graduate school -- met Jarrett Barrios, the Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts CEO who is also a disaster responder for casework, who walked them through the first steps of their recovery. Kalli was very worried that she was going to have a pair of shoes since she ran out of the fire in flip-flop sandals. Jarrett made sure she had emergency funds on hand for clothing, food and shoes.”
“The little bit of money for clothes is wonderful,” agreed Carol, who was wearing the pajama pants she had fallen asleep in.
The help Danielle was interested in was in looking toward the future. Here it was six hours after the fire started, and a Red Cross worker was already helping her map out her recovery. “Having people ask for information is really helpful,” she said. “I totally want to donate to the Red Cross right now.”
American Red Cross volunteers will be opening a shelter tonight at the Argenziano School.
If you’ve been affected by this fire, please call our emergency services line at 1-800-564-1234.