Disaster Update: Multi Family Fire in New York City

New York – The American Red Cross remains at the scene of a 3-alarm high-rise fire on West 43rd Street in Manhattan to a provide assistance to the building’s residents. Four apartments suffered severe damage from this blaze.

Red Cross teams are currently working with residents to determine their emergency needs (this includes emergency lodging, emotional support). The Red Cross has also been providing blankets, water, and snacks to dozens outside and in the building’s lobby.

It has been a busy three-day period for the Red Cross in Greater NY that coincided with a large snow storm and extreme cold. Since early Friday morning, our disaster workers have responded to nearly 35 incidents, including fires (several multi-alarm), water main breaks and building vacates. The Red Cross also worked with emergency partners to open 2 warming centers on Long Island.

The Red Cross volunteers are mobilized to respond to additional disasters during the coming days with particular attention made to a new cold front arriving in our area on Tuesday (Red Cross sees spike in home fires during extreme weather).

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