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Red Cross assists homeless following Springfield fire

SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

A total of 14 people are homeless following an overnight fire at 511 Hancock Street in Springfield.

According to the Aide of the Springfield Fire Commissioner, Dennis Ledger, firefighters arrived at the home to find a large fire in the rear of the six-family home. Ledger says the fire was fueled in part by a car that was in flames.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. No injuries were reported.

The fire is thought to have caused $200,000-plus in damage.

The American Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter joined in assisting 13 people including eight adults and five children with food and clothing early this morning after the fire.

Red Cross volunteers also helped provide shelter to 12 of the 13 displaced people.

All families were provided comfort kits, that included personal care items including toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving supplies and other items they might not have been able to gather in the rush to escape the fire.  

The Red Cross will be in contact with the families in the coming days to further assist with recovery.

For more information about the Red Cross and how you can help, visit www.redcross.org.

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