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The Red Cross stretched after rash of fires

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – One day after a fire left nearly 50 people living in an Arlington apartment complex homeless, many of them are in local hotels and trying to figure out what's next.

The American Red Cross is helping those families and admits it has been helping out with more apartment fires than normal this year.

Like many displaced Arlington apartment tenets, Kelsey Parker and her family are living in a north-side hotel because their apartment is destroyed

"It's like once you walk in the house, like, you don't have no roof above your head because they put a big hole in the living room," says Parker.

And when it comes to apartment fires, Christian Smith of the American Red Cross says they've seen more activity than usual.

"Traditionally we will see two or three apartment fires a year. So when we see three larger apartment fires like this in a week's time, it's a little bit more than normal," Smith says.

Volunteers have stepped up donating time and money to meet the need.

According to Smith, "Those donations help to support us and to fuel us on a day -- day basis, but when we do have these larger scale fires, you know, it's somewhat of a bite for us, but obviously this is what we do and this is how we support the community."

In addition to staying in the hotel, some people are with family members and others are at the apartment complex, but in different units.

Management said they will offer that option to more residents free of charge as more apartments become available.