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The Red Cross Helps Those Displaced By Massive Apartment Fire

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Just before 6:00 in the morning on Saturday fire crews responded to a fire at an apartment complex on the 1700 block of Monroe Avenue in Yakima.

Right now they have no idea what started the blaze, but the Red Cross was on the seen with volunteers ready to help the 15 people who lost everything in a matter of hours.

"Initially we show up and provide emotional support because people are not sure what to do. It can be really overwhelming to see your life go up in flames," said Red Cross volunteer, Jenny Carkner.

The Red Cross in Yakima came to the fire knowing there was work to be done.

"We help everyone. It does not matter what insurance you have, or if you are a home owner or renter, the services The Red Cross provides is for everyone," Carkner said.

Volunteers are making sure those residents have a place to stay, clothes on their backs and food to eat.  Carkner said in this situation they offered everything they could.

"We offered to open up a shelter to house people, because we do not know how many people are effected," Carkner said.

Firefighters said the main thing you need to do to prevent this from happening is to make sure everything in you house is working to warn you.

"Check your smoke detectors.  Those are the lifesavers here," said Yakima Fire Captain, Tom Schneider.   

Officials said four people went to the hospital this morning, three were released after being treated for burns and one is still in the ICU.

The Red Cross said they are always looking for volunteers and they will follow these families until they get back on their feet and into new homes.

NBC Right Now will keep you updated on this story as we learn more about the fire.

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