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Red Cross Helps Victims of Apartment Fire

A shelter was established at the Skagit Valley College to care for apartment residents.

Volunteers with the Mt. Baker Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to an apartment fire at 12:30am this morning at the Cascade West apartment complex in Mount Vernon.The three-alarm fire started about 11:30pm, affecting all 38 units in the building and approximately 200 residents.

A shelter was established at the Skagit Valley College to care for apartment residents. Red Cross volunteers will continue to assess community needs throughout the day while providing shelter, food, financial assistance, as well as health and mental health support to all those affected by the fire. The shelter will remain open until long-term recovery plans are established for all those involved.

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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.