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The investigation continues into a massive Toledo apartment fire as the victims work to rebuild their lives with the help of the American Red Cross. As you can imagine it is extremely hard for many of them to talk about what they lost that day. But they're truly grateful for what was saved and many say they are amazed by the people and organizations working to help.

This is what's left after fire and smoke consumed the Secor Terrace Apartments early Saturday morning, "Everybody was yelling in the halls and knocking on doors telling us to get out because the building was on fire."

Linda Bliss says she and her husband Robert escaped the flames with only the clothes on their backs, "There was smoke everywhere. I was alright until I saw the flames, it was crazy. But everybody got out. It is obviously still very tough to talk about and think about everything you lose, but we've got what is important, our lives."

Linda and Robert stood across the street and watched the apartment they called home for a decade burn, "I don't want to go through this ever again, it's scary especially when you see an entire building burn. You can replace stuff, you can't replace your life that is what everybody keeps telling me but it's rough. We're all going to make it though."

The Red Cross is helping them pick up the pieces, "You see hurricanes, tornadoes and fires and the Red Cross always pops up to help. You never think you are going to need that kind of help but I am so glad they were there for us. They sure have been wonderful."

Amanda Aldrich of the Red Cross says the organization has helped nearly 60 victims of the apartment fire so far by providing gift cards for things like clothes and food, "Every disaster is different and every family is different. Some need extra clothes and others may need baby supplies so the most efficient use of our time and resources is to give them cash donations so we can connect them to exactly what they need."

The Red Cross also helps victims with a security deposit for a new place to live. The organization responds to a disaster every 19 hours here in Northwest Ohio. In fact, they've helped the victims of four other fires since the Secor Terrace fire on Saturday.

Visit www.redcross.org for more information.

Three of the Bliss' grandchildren work at the Granite City restaurant at Fallen Timbers in Maumee. At least 15% of sales next Tuesday will be donated to the family.

 

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