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Red Cross assists Harrisburg Easter fire victims

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Nine people are out of their home after an Easter Sunday fire in Harrisburg.

Around 10:00 a.m., fire crews were called to the 400-block of Muench Street in Midtown Harrisburg.

"We had a raging fire upon arrival in the middle of the row. The fire was all in the third floor when we got here," Deputy Fire Chief Gary Neff said.

Firefighters had the flames out in an hour and blamed an electrical problem for the fire, which was ruled accidental. Thankfully, no one was hurt.

"So fortunate for the magnitude and amount of fire that we did have whenever we got here," Neff said.

But the damage to the home was enough to displace nine people. That was where the Red Cross came in.

"We're helping with food, clothing, and shelter to make sure they have those basic essentials for living," Red Cross spokesperson Kathy Smyser said.

That was just one of five Easter Sunday fires in the Midstate. The helpers from the Red Cross are all volunteers.

"Standing by with cell phones in their pockets, waiting for that call that means someone needs assistance," Smyser said. "These folks gave up their holiday to care for the needs of people who are facing one of the worst days of their lives."

On a holiday synonymous with sacrifice, Red Cross volunteers gladly did just that.

"It's something no one should ever have to face alone and those of us who are involved with the Red Cross are very glad to be able to be a part of helping people on the worst day of their life."

For more information on the Red Cross and how you can help, visit http://www.redcross.org/find-your-local-chapter.

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