''Many of these people are in their pajamas, and some of the children are in their socks and without clothing,'' Shaw said. ''It will be a long assessment period.''
At around noon, VTA buses began taking stranded residents to Willow Glen Middle School, where a temporary shelter was set up.
Residents of the surrounding Willow Glen neighborhood immediately began organizing relief efforts, but the Red Cross stressed that it doesn't accept clothing. Shaw urged concerned people to donate cash to help defray the cost of debit cards issued to victims so they can purchase new, appropriate clothing, medicine and other necessities.
To help the fire victims, contact the Red Cross at (408) 577-1000 or http://www.santaclaravalley.redcross.org.