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A Colleague in Need - Five Alarm Fire Destroyed Her Home

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A massive fire ripped through a residential building in Brooklyn, NY after lightning hit the roof of the home. About 300 people were left homeless and two dozen firefighters were taken to the hospital. The blaze erupted on the roof of the 117-unit building shortly after 10 a.m. and took 200 firefighters more than three hours to extinguish.

One of our own employees at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center was a tenant in that building. Melissa Morris experienced a terrible loss today after her apartment and all its contents were completely destroyed. Thankfully, Melissa was at work and her husband and son were not at home at the time so the family is all physically safe.

We asked Melissa if she would accept help from her MSK colleagues and she was so appreciative of the offer of assistance since she and her family cannot recover any of their belongings from the apartment.

While the American Red Cross is on the scene and assisting the families with very basic needs, we are looking to raise money to help Melissa. We were able to reserve a hotel room near the apartment/Red Cross site and her mother-in-law’s home so Melissa and her family will stay there tonight through Sunday.

This donation site has been set up to benefit Melissa and her family.



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