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Red Cross Providing Help to First Responders and Explosion Victims

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — First responders have a long night ahead of them, as many work to investigate, clean up, and protect the neighborhood after explosion.

Members of the Pioneer Valley chapter of the Red Cross have jumped into action to help those folks maintain their energy throughout the night.

Dawn Leaks, director of Communications for the Red Cross, says that a team of fourteen volunteers have responded to the Worthington Street firehouse and are providing canteen services, like food and drinks to those men and women who have responded to the Worthington Street blast.

The City of Springfield has established a shelter at Central High School. Leaks says that as of 10:00 p.m., no residents had sought shelter there.

Saturday morning, Leaks adds that a Red Cross team will be assembled Saturday to assess needs for some of those residents that may have been able to relocate overnight, and might need some help going forward.

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