Since early Saturday, the American Red Cross has been at the scene of a massive commercial fire in Williamsburg providing assistance to firefighters and other emergency workers. The blaze started Saturday morning and quickly overtook a large Brooklyn warehouse, reaching 7-alarms by noon. Hundreds of firefighters from across the city have been battling the fire nonstop, amid extreme temperatures, high winds and at times snow and ice.
Red Cross volunteers from across the region have been a continuous line of support for firefighters at the scene, distributing hundreds of meals, hot beverages, snacks, water, hand warmers and other relief items day and night. As of Monday, February 3, 2014, the Red Cross continues to support our FDNY partners and will continue to do so moving forward as needed.
Throughout the weekend, the Red Cross also provided emergency relief to 40 residents left homeless following local emergencies in our region and mobilized staff and supplies in preparation of an approaching winter storm.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/gny or visit us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/redcrossny.