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‘Still in shock’: East Harlem explosion victims pack shelter

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EAST HARLEM (PIX11) – The American Red Cross said it will continue to operate a shelter at the Salvation Army facility at 175 East 125th Street and 3rd Avenue for those affected by the March 12 East Harlem explosion.  On Thursday night, residents affected by the explosion packed the shelter.

American Red Cross Volunteer Fern Chan has seen so much sorrow at the shelter at the salvation army on 125th street.  “Some of them are still in a state of shock,” Chan said Thursday night.

About 120 people are inside in need of services in the aftermath of the explosion, 68 of them adults and and the rest children.

Shelter

Some need a place to sleep, and others need a place to grieve.

“They let us go and get our valuables, stuff we needed,” said Ibrahim Ocasio.

Ibrahim Ocasio had all that’s valuable to him attached to his body. His building is not secure enough to live in — his home is next door to the collapse.

Inside the shelter, there is a chapel.  The mood Thursday night was described as somber in every room.

“I have no other choice right now, it’s either that or the shelter,” said Dwayne Thomas.

People looking for loved ones are encouraged to call 311 for assistance.

In the days to come, the Red Cross said it will continue to provide emergency relief and comfort to all affected by this tragic incident.