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Port Chester Fire Victims Look for New Homes

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. ? Less than 24 hours after 100 firefighters battled flames for four hours at their Port Chester home, the two families displaced by Wednesday's early morning fire on Irving Avenue are already searching for new permanent homes with the help of the White Plains Red Cross and other community organizations.

"We already know that they're in the process of looking for a long-term solution," Red Cross Volunteer Carolyn Sherwin said.

Eight people, including four adults, two teenagers and two younger children, are currently staying in temporary housing while the Red Cross works to refer them to the proper community organizations, Sherwin said.

"It's a real network," Sherwin said. "Friends, family and the community all pull together to take care [of the victims]."

The Red Cross immediately moved the families to the police station while members of the Port Chester, Mamaroneck, Harrison, Purchase and West Harrison Fire departments doused the flames. Sherwin added that the families were escorted back into the charred building later Wednesday to retrieve any belongings they could.

"Our work doesn’t end at the fire," Sherwin said. "Its always continuing. We'll be watching over them."

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