Red Cross stretching thin to help families after 3 weekend fires

8:23 PM, Jan 20, 2014   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Three fires in the same region of southern Maine has one chapter of the Red Cross stretched a little thin this holiday weekend.

It started with two back to back fires in Freeport, now volunteers are helping victims of last night's fire on Irving Street in Portland; an apartment building with 6 units, totally destroyed.

The Red Cross has set up the victims of last night's fire in local hotels for the next few nights, and each family is given an assistance card -- much like a debit card -- based on their needs.  The card is something they can use to buy clothes or food to last them the next few days.  The Red Cross is also there to offer guidance and any medical or mental assistance.

The Red Cross says the best way to help them help others is a cash donation to their organization, you can find out more information by heading to their website.  You can also donate clothing to places like Goodwill, an organization that works closely with The Red Cross to help clothe those who have lost everything in a fire.

A cause has not yet been determined for the fire on Irving Street in Portland.

NEWS CENTER

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