Community comes together to help victims of large Albany fire

May 22, 2019 07:41 PM

ALBANY - The community is stepping in to help several families after a massive fire in Albany this past weekend.

Nearly 50 people were forced from their homes on Bradford Street and Third Avenue as the fire tore through eight buildings Sunday morning.

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Neighbors and city residents are giving back, hoping to replace the items those families lost.

Help and donations were pouring in at an event inside the Albany Public Library on Wednesday.

The event was put on by CROAD, which stands for Capital Region Organizations Active in Disaster. They say they do this so the large amount of people displaced can go to one central location and get items they need such as clothes, paperwork - and even food.

The Red Cross says they've provided assistance for a total of 83 residents impacted by Sunday's fires.

Some of the organization there included Catholic Charities, Fidelis Care, Legal Aid Society, Salvation Army, Department of Social Services, Albany Housing Authority and many more.

The chair of CROAD says while the Red Cross provides immediate assistance after fires, some of the other organizations offer more long-term disaster relief assistance.

The Red Cross says they will be helping the fire victims for months to come.


Emily DeVito

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