Hotel Gives Free Rooms to Fire Victims

By Leah Kirstein

Published 02/10 2014 05:12PM

Updated 02/10 2014 05:30PM

DUBOIS, CLEARFIELD COUNTY - A blanket accidentally thrown onto a candle caused a huge fire in DuBois Saturday afternoon, according to State Police.

They say the fire started at an apartment building on East Park Avenue around Noon and quickly spread. A new roof on top of an old roof caused problems for fire crews.

They stayed on scene for over 7 hours in order to contain the flames. One man living there, Chris Tarcson, said he realized Saturday how important volunteer firefighters are and thanked them for their dedication to the community.

Tarcson and his neighbors lost everything. The Homewood Suites in DuBois offered he and the 36 other people displaced rooms.

The manager there, Angela Stewart says she lost her uncle in a fire 25 years ago so house fires tug at her heart strings. She adds the business is dedicated to the community and wanted to help in anyway possible.

Homewood Suites even opened up a conference room as a place where donations could be sorted and victims could come in and grab clothing.

The Red Cross is also assisting. In a news release they said:

The American Red Cross PA Heartland Chapter is committed to being a beacon of hope during families’ darkest hours after devastating home fires and disasters in the area. Just this past weekend, local volunteers responded to a multi-unit apartment fire on East Park Avenue in DuBois and are currently assisting the displaced families with their immediate needs.

Volunteers met with the majority of the families on Saturday, and the Red Cross is providing 11 families (including 23 adults and 14 children) assistance with food, clothing and/or shelter, depending upon their specific needs. Volunteers will continue to work with the families to refer them to area resources and to put them in touch with agencies which specialize in long-term recovery.

Clothing Donations
The local Red Cross has received many inquiries about donating clothing to the affected families. Interested individuals are encouraged to reach out to the local Salvation Army to make arrangements for donations of clothing and other items.

Monetary Donations
Those who are interested in helping the families affected by this and other disasters in the area, are welcome to make a donation to the local Red Cross. As a nonprofit organization, the Red Cross could not provide its vital services in the community without the generous support of individuals, companies, organizations and foundations. To make a donation to local disaster relief, call 814-371-2750 or mail donations to 109 N. Brady St., DuBois, PA 16701.

To inquire about volunteer opportunities, to learn more about the Red Cross and its services, or to make a donation, call 814-371-2750.

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