American Red Cross volunteers met on Thursday with Spring Valley residents displaced by Wednesday's blaze at the .
American Red Cross Greater New York Region Communications Officer Michael de Vulpillieres said volunteers stationed at Spring Valley High School assisted residents on Wednesday evening and Thursday.
"Of the displaced families we met with today (Thursday), ten will receive emergency funds for food and clothing," he said. "Seven of them also required and received emergency housing that the Red Cross provided. The remaining families were able to provide their own relocation."
55 people were displaced by the fire that left 15 of the 30 plus apartments in the building on E. Funston Ave uninhabitable. Many tenants were able to stay with family or friends and the owner of the apartment building was working to place some of them in vacant apartments.
The fire began in an upper level apartment. The Spring Valley fire inspector said people in the apartment attempted to put the fire out themselves before calling 911.
To assist residents affected by incidents like this and make a donation, go to the American Red Cross website: www.nyredcross.org. To donate $10 to the Red Cross, text the words "Red Cross" to 90999.