Yesterday afternoon the Red Cross responded to a five-alarm fire on Montgomery Avenue in the Morris Heights section of the Bronx. The blaze tore through the top floor of the 66-unit building, forcing dozens of families to flee their homes, many with nothing more than the cloths on their backs.
Multiples teams of volunteers and employees were on hand to offer comfort and care, first in front of the building and later at a relief center set up at nearby P.S. 109. Red Cross staff distributed blankets, food, water and hot beverages and met one-on-one with families to access emergency needs—temporary housing as well as health and emotional support.
Of the 22 families left homeless by the fire and resulting water damage, ten required emergency housing that the Red Cross provided at local hotels. Emergency funds for basic necessities like food and clothing was also provided to those who needed it.
All displaced families are invited to meet with Red Cross caseworkers in the coming days for additional assistance including referrals to partner organizations for longer-term housing.