American Red Cross Responds to Multi-Apartment Building in Whitehall

(Bethlehem, PA) Oct. 26, 2013 – On October 26, 2013, at approximately 1:30 A.M., the American Red Cross Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter was notified of a multi-apartment building fire on Mickley Road in Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, PA. The total number of apartments housed at this complex is 306 apartments, however, only the following units were affected: building V (12 units), building T (11 units) and building S (12 units).

At 2 A.M., the Red Cross Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter opened a shelter at Whitehall High School and registered 21 people. As of 7 A.M., 8 residents stayed overnight at the shelter, including 3 children. The shelter will close later this morning and the Red Cross will continue to meet with individuals and families that have been affected in order to meet both immediate needs and long-term recovery.

The Red Cross Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter would like to thank Wawa, for donating coffee, snacks, creamers and milk. Gatorade, juice, water and snacks were also available at the shelter. Comfort kits containing personal hygiene items were provided, as well.

The Red Cross Greater Lehigh Valley worked closely with the following agencies and departments: Whitehall Police Department, Cetronia Ambulance Corp., Macungie Ambulance Corp., Lehigh County Emergency Management Agency, Whitehall Emergency Coordinator at Whitehall Township, Whitehall High School and Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority (LANta). The Red Cross Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter will continue to update media on new information as it becomes available.

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