More than 70 volunteers worked on homes on Long Island, Brookyn, Queens and Staten Island Saturday still damaged from the storm more than a year later.
The MTA provided buses throughout the night to take people from a Red Cross center to a shelter at the Salvation Army.
The explosion was heard as far as 40 blocks away from the scene. Thick black smoke has been billowing out of the explosion site for hours.
The fire devoured an entire section of one home and completely gutted another as firefighters fought to put out hot spots.
Red Cross spokesperson Maureen Wellman said that all types of blood are needed especially O-Negative and O-Positive.
Approximately 60 residents, some wearing nothing more than robes and pajamas, were evacuated to a school that the Red Cross set up as a temporary shelter.
As much as a foot of snow is forecast to fall in some areas overnight Thursday into Friday and temperatures are expected to plummet.
A suburban New York house owned by former KISS lead guitarist Ace Frehley has gone up in flames.
Residents were evacuated on Saturday night as a fast-moving fire ripped through an apartment complex in Union Township, N.J.
The funds will be used to help almost 5,700 senior citizens who live along the east and south shores of Staten Island, in the Coney Island and Red Hook sections of Brooklyn and the Far Rockaway section of Queens.
Mount Vernon Deputy Chief John Battista said the fire was shooting out of every entrance to the basement and the rear of the house.
Evidence of Sandy’s wrath still remains in communities across Long Island. Nearly 100,000 buildings were destroyed in the storm, causing more than $8 billion in damage. Parts of the Long Island Rail Road were washed away and permanent repairs won’t be finished for another five years.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday from hard-hit Long Beach on Long Island that the American Red Cross has pledged an additional $6 million to storm victims.
Thanks to the American Red Cross, some Superstorm Sandy victims remained in hotels this weekend despite the end of a city-sponsored program.
But the Red Cross said Friday that it had committed up to $1 million to extend the hotels of many of those families.