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Red Cross Helping Cedarwoods Apartment Families Following Thursday Night Fire

OMAHA, NEB., Friday, May 02, 2014—The American Red Cross is helping tenants of the Cedarwoods Apartments, located at 75th and Cedar Streets in Omaha today, after a fire broke out Thursday evening affecting 30 units and displacing all residents who lived in the building. Immediately following the fire, the Red Cross opened a shelter at Montclair Community Center where people had a safe place to stay, could receive minor first aid, and had a shoulder to lean on. The shelter at Montclair Community Center closed at 9:00 a.m. Friday. At 5:00 p.m., the Red Cross will open a new shelter at the American Red Cross office in Omaha, 2912 S. 80th Ave. The Red Cross shelter will remain open through the weekend and will close at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 5th.

Food, clothing, shelter, comfort and care have been provided to residents based on need. Nearly 24 well-trained Red Cross disaster responders and 2 staff members from the American Red Cross responded to Thursday night’s fire.

You can help people affected by disasters such as floods, tornadoes, fires and hurricanes, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. To make a donation, visit or call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

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