New York – Since Saturday evening, the Red Cross has been providing relief to residents and first responders following a massive fire that destroyed the Grandview Palace condominiums in Loch Sheldrake (Sullivan County).
The fire broke out around 4 p.m. Saturday at the complex, originally known as the Browns Hotel. According to firefighters, up to 100 people were staying in the building at the time, all of whom escaped unharmed. It is estimated that close to 300 apartment units were totally destroyed.
Shortly after its arrival to the scene, the Red Cross set up a shelter at the Sullivan County Community College Field House. Since Saturday evening, Red Cross responders registered nearly 80 residents who were provided with a safe environment, meals, beverages and emotional support.
The Red Cross also provided relief in the form of food and beverages to firefighters from more than 40 fire departments from across the region (Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties) who battled the blaze.
The assembled Red Cross team includes Health Services volunteers, providing for special medical needs of those at the shelter, and mental-health volunteers, professionals in their field providing emotional support.
From the start, the Red Cross has worked closely with the Fallsburg Fire, Police and EMS. Building management has been at the shelter to answer resident’s questions.
The Red Cross wishes to thank the college for its unstinting assistance in opening the Field House and providing personnel (security, building administration, etc.) throughout the past 24 hours. Additionally, the cafeteria is helping provide meals for residents.
Sunday afternoon, Red Cross workers met with Dept. of Social Services representatives to start the process of assisting residents with their long-term housing needs. The Red Cross will also work with other community agencies, including the United Way and Rolling V Bus Company, which is assisting with transportation.
The Red Cross stands ready to keep the shelter open as long as necessary to meet residents’ pressing needs.