Red Cross Provides Relief for Fire Victims


HARRISONBURG, Va (WHSV)-- After a family in Edinburg lost their belongings to a tragic house fire, the American Red Cross is now helping them piece their lives back together again

Raymond Watson, a local Disaster Services Manager for the American Red Cross, said the organization has been able to temporarily put the family up in a hotel, until further plans are made.

Watson said the family plans to eventually rebuild their home in the same location. He said the family has lived there for more than 20 years and they want to begin piecing those memories back together again.

The fire happened on Thursday in Edinburg, just before 5 A.M. One of the victims said he woke to the sound of his fire alarm. When he walked outside the home, he saw his chimney was up in flames. When the fire fighters arrived, they said the house was already on fire.

"They were pretty devastated, as I'm sure you can imagine. They lost the home that they love in the place that they love. So, they are now just taking it day by day and making the necessary phone calls to start piecing things back together again. They also had a pet, which factors into everything they are having to deal with at this time," said Watson.

Watson said there are many things that can't be replaced, but, he is confident the community will be able to rally behind this family to provide some relief.


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