Red Cross Volunteers respond to Allston Street, Cambridge

Red Cross Volunteers respond to Allston Street, Cambridge
Red Cross disaster services will follow up with the families in the coming days to assist with recovery.

The American Red Cross sent a team of volunteers to help in the aftermath of a fire affecting 141 – 169 Allston Street in Cambridge. Five of 10 multi-unit residences were completely destroyed leaving 15 units uninhabitable and 29 people displaced. Red Cross volunteers arrived on the scene as early as 5 o’clock this morning and set up a reception center/shelter at Morse Elementary School, 40 Granite Street, where they served nearly 40 displaced and evacuated residents breakfast and lunch.

Several residents were allowed to reoccupy their homes throughout the day. The Red Cross provided services to 8 displaced familes as follows:

  • 9 people (7 families made up of 8 children, 11 adults) received emergency funds for food, clothing and hotel stay . One of the seven families also received funds for transportation.
  • 1 additional family (was able to find alternate housing) received emergency funds for food and clothing.
  • Several residents that checked in at the service center early in the day did not return. Red Cross volunteers are reaching out to those residents to provide assistance. Any residents seeking assistance as a result of being displaced by this fire, should call the Red Cross at 1-800-564-1234.

    All of the displaced received comfort kits containing age and gender appropriate personal care items such as toothpaste, deodorant, shaving supplies and other items the families might not have been able to gather in the rush to escape the fire. Red Cross disaster services will follow up with the families in the coming days to assist with recovery.

    American Red Cross disaster assistance is free of charge, a gift made possible by generous donations and the work of volunteers. For more information about the Red Cross and how you can help, visit www.redcross.org/ma.