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July 30, 2012

Red Cross sets up shelter for victims of wildland fires

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Red Cross set up a shelter for the wildfire victims at First United Methodist Church on the 400 block of West Seventh Avenue.

“It’s going to be more of an evacuation center,” team leader Craig Buchanan said.

“It’s a place for people who can’t get to their house to wait and find out what’s going on.”

The fires were burning on the east side of Stillwater forcing several homes to be evacuated.

The Red Cross started setting up at 6 p.m. Buchanan said he’s not sure how many to expect.

“Listening to the scanner, I heard it was a trailer park,” Buchanan said. “That’s about all I know.”

The Red Cross set up a table with water and sport drinks and provided food.

“Right now it’s a place that’s cool that people can come to and get away from everything,” Buchanan said.

“We will probably get something so people can watch the news and get information about their homes.

“The Red Cross provides food, shelter and clothing for those directly affected by disaster. That’s everyone, homeowners, first responders and all that good stuff.”

Buchanan said they will stay there as long as there is a need.

“We let the situation determine that kind of stuff,” Buchanan said. “We don’t set times on it. It’s possible we could be here for days.”

The Red Cross also brought cots for people who needed to lie down.

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