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Red Cross helps Muskegon fire victims

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Posted at 9:20 AM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 09:20:43-05

MUSKEGON, Mich. — A Disaster Action Team of the American Red Cross West Michigan Chapter assisted residents displaced by a multi-family apartment building fire Monday night in Muskegon.

The fire resulted in “total loss” of the building, according to the Muskegon Fire Department.

Ten of the 11 units were occupied and many residents lost everything.

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The Red Cross provided immediate shelter and emergency financial assistance, a news release said Wednesday.

Continuing services are being provided, including individual medical and mental health services and one-on-one support to connect people to available recovery assistance.

The organization isn’t able to accept in-kind donations at this time.

“Our hearts go out to our neighbors who were impacted by this fire and are very pleased that we are able to assist these victims,” said Breeze Ettl, executive director of the West Michigan Chapter of the Red Cross. “Because these disasters can happen anytime, anywhere, please help stay safe by testing your smoke alarms each month and practicing your home fire escape plan until everyone in your household can escape in two minutes or less.”