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Red Cross looking for volunteers and donors

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A fire damaged all 8 units in an apartment building at the Regency Club apartments on Tompkins Avenue Tuesday afternoon, displacing 16 people.  

"As of right now apartment A6 and A5, A6 is probably 70% loss apartment, A5 is probably going to be about 30%," said Keith Ambrose, battalion chief, Albany Fire Department.  

Firefighters say the electricity had been turned off in one unit. When it was turned back on, the stove was on and grease left on the stove ignited.  

The American Red Cross was on the scene Tuesday afternoon, already offering help to the people who lost their belongings and their homes.  

"Right now what the Red Cross is doing is taking care of their basic needs, food, clothing, and shelter," said Nigel Poole, American Red Cross.  

But taking care of those needs is expensive.  And after an increase in fires with multiple victims, the Flint River Red Cross chapter is running short on money to help fire victims.  

"The first quarter the American Red Cross in 2013 has spent double of what it's spent in the first quarter of 2012, this produces a little bit of a economic or financial obstacle for us," said Poole.  

Red Cross workers are shocked by the number of major fires they've responded to recently, even before the busy fire season starts.  

"We're having more and more frequent fires, it's becoming a busy fire season for us, it's October and some people haven't even started up their heaters yet," said Poole.  

The Red Cross needs your help.  

"The Red Cross is a volunteer based organization, we rely on 96% of our staff is volunteer, so we have to have the people that can come out and help these people," said Poole.  

And they need donations to be able to help the people impacted by the next big fire.

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