Spokane Red Cross strained by fires

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The Red Cross in Spokane is straining its resources to care for some of the more than 90 people who have been burned out of their homes and apartments this month in residential fires.

Residents of a three-story apartment complex escaped unharmed Wednesday when fire broke out above a third-floor unit But at least three residents were burned out of their homes. It was the third big residential fire in Spokane in the past four days, and follows an even larger apartment fire that displaced 47 residents on Aug. 10.

Red Cross officials in Spokane said the need for help is taxing the agency. The Red Cross helps with temporary housing and emergency food, clothing and other items.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com