Red Cross and Salvation Army helping victims of West Philly fire

The city of Philadelphia and social service agencies are teaming up to help more than 100 people displaced by a major apartment house fire in West Philadelphia. 

 

Mayor Michael Nutter says 118 people are homeless as a result of the fire in at 48th and Walnut Streets Monday.

 

“We’re asking all heads of households or persons named on the lease at that building to come to the disaster service center at 45th and Haverford to register with the Red Cross so we can put you with a caseworker to assist you to find a new place to live,” said Nutter.

 

The mayor says a number of realtors and property owners are assisting the city to move people into new homes as soon as possible.  The city is also asking people to channel their donations to two relief agencies.

 

“What we are really in need of is financial resources at the Red Cross and Salvation Army,” said Nutter.

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