UPDATE: American Red Cross Helps Burien House Fire Victims Tuesday Night
UPDATE 4/3/12 9 p.m.: Red Cross Disaster Team volunteers met with the family that was victim of a house fire in Burien Tuesday afternoon.
The family is comprised of five adults and eleven children, including the parents and their kids, ranging in ages from nine months to 18 years, along with the mother’s sister.
The Red Cross is providing hotel rooms for them tonight, as well as giving them comfort kits, along with teddy bears for the kids.
“Comfort Kits are distributed, free of charge, to people displaced by disaster.” said Joyce Bottenberg, Volunteer Public Information Officer. “This small gesture of caring means a great deal to disaster victims. Often these individuals are left with nothing but the clothes they were wearing at the time the disaster struck.”
Just before 4 p.m. Tuesday (April 3), we received the above cell phone pic of a house fire from BTB Reader Sara Girard, who adds:
“We were just at Fred Meyer and saw plumes of smoke from across the freeway. Took this picture.”
Within an hour, the American Red Cross Serving King & Kitsap Counties responded to the house fire, at 14437 4th Court South in Burien (map below).
“We will provide emergency assistance such as shelter, food, clothing and other immediate needs for 5 adults and 11 children,” a spokesperson said.
As we learn more about this fire or its victims, we’ll update this post.
For more information about the local Red Cross, visit www.seattleredcross.org or call 206.323.2345.