LONG BEACH — Sixteen people — including seven children — were directly impacted by Tuesday’s fire at City Center Apartments in Long Beach, according to the American Red Cross.

Disaster responders with the Red Cross arrived Tuesday afternoon to help fire victims. Although there were no injuries, residents in several cases lost most of their possessions, along with Thanksgiving holiday feast items. The charity provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services, according to a Wednesday press release.

Peninsula Poverty Response, a Peninsula-based group, also is providing ongoing help to the affected families. Information about how to aid in this effort or ask for assistance can be obtained by writing pprinfo.wa@gmail.com or phoning 360-642-9300 ext. 2639.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/GetAnAlarm to schedule an appointment.

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