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City and Red Cross set up information station in Springfield

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No residents affected by Friday's downtown explosion stayed overnight at the designated shelter at Central High School.

Beginning Saturday, in its place the city has opened an information station at the office building at 436 Dwight St.

Displaced residents, such as Mark Frank, can register with the American Red Cross, which gives him some peace of mind.

"Information is trickling out little by little," said Frank. "I now have a number to call. They gave me a food voucher and depending if we can get our stuff or not, they will provide us with a clothing voucher."

Frank was not home at the time of the blast. He was at work at a nearby club.

Saturday, Frank got a chance to quickly get into his place in the Macintosh building and collect a few things, including some diapers for his child.

The homeowner said residents are just looking for more information.

"No one knew the Red Cross was set up here," Frank stated. "There was no information being passed around for the residents. We had general information about what was going on in Springfield, the cleanup, what they were expecting, but for actual residents that live downtown there was not any [information]."

The information station will be open again on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Beginning Monday, City Hall offices will take over the proper responsibilities.

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