OTHELLO -- A fire in an Othello mobile home park destroyed two homes occupied by 15 people Monday.
No one was injured, according to the American Red Cross. However, six adults and nine children were left without a home.
The Benton-Franklin Chapter of the American Red Cross has arranged for temporary shelter at an Othello motel and distributed comfort kits, snacks and cuddly toys to the families. It also purchased and delivered desperately needed diapers.
Three families were living in the two homes and they were given Red Cross cards to purchase food, clothing and other items. In addition, neighbors and other Othello residents are pitching in with donations.
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The fire Monday was the third one destroying the homes of multiple families that the Benton-Franklin Chapter of the Red Cross has responded to this month, putting pressure on the chapter to raise money for its depleted local disaster relief budget.
The cost of helping residents of the Othello fire is expected to be more than $4,000 and the July 3 Woodland Park fire in Kennewick depleted chapter funds by $15,000. It received $3,500 in donations after that fire. The third fire affecting more than one family this month was in Pasco.
Contributions to the Red Cross chapter may be mailed to 7202 W. Deschutes Ave., Kennewick, or made online at inwredcross.org..