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Resources for fire victims

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SHREVEPORT, La. -

It was a busy night for first responders who investigated back-to back house fires.
Several people, including one police officer received minor injuries after a fire on Palisade Lane in Shreveport. Crews also investigate a fire in Shreveport's Mooretown community.

But what do you do after you've been a victim of a house fire? 

Michelle Davison, with the Northwest Louisiana American Red Cross, says depending on the case, the Red Cross  works with a network of emergency resources to provide basic necessities such  as food clothing and a place to stay, including short and long term shelter.

"We get a fire report that tells us not only how many people are in the house, but the extent of the damage and what needs might be there.  So when we come face to face with a client we actually have an idea what needs are there,"said Davison

"To the people that have gone to the Red Cross, we give a voucher out and here at our Thrift store we have furniture and everything you need to rebuild," said DJ Hejtmanek with Shreveport Bossier Rescue Mission.

Carol Jorn knows first hand how it feels to re-build her life after a fire destroyed her home. 

"Once  the fire was done and said I was kind of standing there like where is my life going next, and here came the Red Cross and they offered us help," said Jorn.

Thanks to the American Red Cross and resources provided through the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission, Jorn is now able to pick up the pieces of her life.

"The mission has been awesome in rebuilding my life.  I mean I couldn't do it without them & I don't know where my girls and I would be," said Jorn.

If you or someone you know needs help you can call the local chapter of the Red Cross. Their 24 hour crisis line is: 318-865-9545.

 

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