Red Cross volunteers this afternoon are helping four adults and a six-year-old child who have been displaced by a fire on Weaver Street in Larchmont.
Red Cross spokesperson Carolyn Sherwin said the organization will be helping the residents of the multi-family home get a warm, safe place to stay and then help them make additional arrangements for food, clothing and shelter.
The fire at 529 Weaver St. in Larchmont, in the Town of Mamaroneck Fire District, was reported around 2:45 p.m. Firefighters from New Rochelle, and the villages of Larchmont and Mamaroneck were called to assist fight the blaze, with New Rochelle firefighters going to the scene and other firefighters on standby.
Mamaroneck town firefighters said the fire apparently started in a bedroom at the two-story house. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Firefighters said the bedroom was engulfed by flames when they arrived and the fire was spreading into a hallway. The fire was knocked down in about 20 minutes.
No one was reported injured in the fire and most of the residents of the home were able to get out on their own. However, firefighters said an elderly woman needed assistance getting out of the building. That resident was taken to an area hospital for evaluation.
The firefighting effort temporary closed Weaver Street from Murray Avenue to Bonnie Way. The street is open again to traffic.
Sherwin said five Red Cross volunteers have meet with all five victims from the fire. One of the volunteers also went to the hospital with the elderly resident to provide emotional support for her.
By 5:30 p.m., emergency lodging was found for all five victims. Sherwin said the victims have also been given debit cards that will allow them to buy food, clothing and pay for storage facilities.
Sherwin said that emergency officials contacted the Red Cross quickly so that volunteers could get to the scene of the fire quickly and start working with the victims.