All firefighters do is put out fires and save lives.
The Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge fire has killed "at least seven people" and has "gutted over 700 structures in Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
"Drenching rain on Wednesday helped firefighters beat back the massive blaze, which still burned more than 15,650 acres and was about 10 percent contained." - NBC
Please give to the Gatlinburg Relief Fund: Smartbank: P.O. Box 1910/ Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37868/ 865-453-2650
“Thirty-six bodies have been recovered” from an Oakland, California, warehouse fire. Seventy percent of the building has been searched. - L.A. Times
It is the worst fire in Oakland history:
The Alameda County Coroner's Bureau has established a Family Assistance Center with the American Red Cross at 2425 East 12th Street in Oakland/ 510-382-3000. - Lauren Lee & Jennifer Grubb/ CNN
Please give to the Red Cross: 3901 Broadway/ Oakland, California 94611/ 510-595-4400
Please give to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation: P.O. Drawer 498/ Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727/ 301-447-1365
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