American Red Cross disaster workers provided help and hope to residents displaced by an early morning apartment fire on Monday. The two alarm fire took place just a few blocks from the University of Texas campus. Eighteen apartment units were affected by the fire, displacing 32 residents—21 of whom are college students. Working closely with UT Emergency Management, Red Cross volunteers stepped into action to provide shelter, food and comfort to the residents.
A shelter is open at the University of Texas Recreational Sports Center at 2001 San Jacinto Blvd. Red Cross caseworkers are also on site at the shelter, working with the affected students to meet immediate needs. Affected residents can shower, enjoy a hot meal and rest at the shelter. Anyone displaced by the apartment fire—including non-students—is encouraged to contact the Red Cross at 512-928-4271 for assistance.
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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.