Embers Continue to Burn Six Days after RGC Fire, Red Cross Arrives with Aid


Almost one week after a fire at a recycling center, embers are still burning. Now, the Red Cross is bringing comfort to those affected.

I went to the affected neighborhood and smoke continues to come from recycling plant, red cross volunteers have opened a center to provide assistance.

Smoke and ashes are still in the air, six days after a fire erupted here at this recycling plant in the city of Rio Grande.

Last weekend, more than 30 people were given shelter by the American Red Cross, after authorities forced homeowners near the plant to evacuate. The Islas family suffered a total loss; they’ve now started cleaning up what’s left.

While long-term assistance arrives to Starr County, the Red Cross is providing help with basic necessities. The American Red Cross service center is located at 2448 Embassy Street in Rio Grande City; it’s open from 9am to 5pm.

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