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Columbus Red Cross Opens Shelter for Apartment Fire

Red Cross volunteer comforting little girl in a shelter
Volunteers are providing the shelter residents with food, cots, blankets, personal hygiene items.

The American Red Cross of Central Ohio responded to a 62-unit apartment fire Saturday evening on East Livingston Avenue on the East side of Columbus. A fire inside the Berwick Plaza Apartments forced residents out of their homes while utilities are being restored and damage repaired.

A shelter was opened at the Columbus Preparatory School for Boys to assist those who were displaced from their homes and in need of assistance. 14 residents registered overnight to receive services while additional residents have been visiting the shelter throughout the day. Red Cross volunteers are providing the shelter residents with food, cots, blankets, personal hygiene items, a warm place to stay. Health services volunteers are also available at the shelter to assist with any medical needs displaced residents may have.

As of Noon today, approximately 50 meals have been served since the shelter opened. The shelter will remain open tonight and will continue to operate until after all residents are able to get back into the apartment building or have found alternative housing. The Red Cross volunteers will remain available to the families for emotional support, health services for those with medical needs, and assisting with any long term needs.

Anyone wishing to help people affected by winter storms, house fires and other disasters is asked to consider making a donation by calling 1-800-REDCROSS or by visiting

American Red Cross volunteers are trained to respond to disasters such as fires, floods and ice storms and administer assistance to those affected. Volunteers are urgently needed and anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should contact the American Red Cross at 614-253-2740 or visit