Red Cross assists 7 families displaced by massive fire - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports

Red Cross assists 7 families displaced by massive fire

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New Orleans, La - As firefighters tackled a massive fire Saturday afternoon, several families watched as everything they owned went up in flames. 

Lotita Davis and her four children lost everything when the roof of her 2nd-floor apartment caught fire.  The fire spread from a building in the 3300 block of 1st Street in Central City.

"I'm just going to pray and just ask the Lord to help us. Take one day at a time," said Davis.

The American Red Cross reports it is now helping seven families displaced by the fire.  That's two more than initially reported.  The families include 28 people including 10 children under the age of 10.

"In the coming few days, our social workers and our case managers will meet with the families to determine how we can help them moving forward," said Melissa Eugene with the Red Cross. 

American Red Cross volunteers were on the scene Saturday before the fire was extinguished.  They were walking through the crowd reaching out to families who were watching everything they own burn to the ground.

"No matter how many hurricanes we have, no matter how much severe weather we have here in South Louisiana, fire remains the biggest disaster threat to individuals and families," Eugene explained.  

"Now is not the time to be lax," warned NOFD Superintendent Charles Parent on Saturday.  "The holiday season is always the worst season for fires."  Parent urged residents to make sure their smoke detectors are working.  "Now is the time to be especially cautious," he said. "Because you don't want to have a Christmas like these people behind me," he added as he referred to the charred building remains behind him.

Lotita Davis says she's doesn't know where her family will be for Christmas, but for now, she is thankful.  She is thankful that nobody was hurt and that the Red Cross has given her shelter and hope.  "Yes, for a fire, they are the only ones helping your families, so please support them," said Davis.

If you would like to support the American Red Cross, a text is a quick way to donate 10 dollars.   Just text the words "Red Cross" to 90999.  The 10-dollar donation will show up on your phone bill. Or you can visit the Red Cross support site by clicking here.

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