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Binghamton organization helps those forced out of their homes by fire

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Several people had to evacuate their homes because of the fire on Livingston Street Tuesday night. 

"We had to remove some of the people from the neighboring homes this morning and the Red Cross was here helping them," Binghamton Fire Captain Tim O'Neill said. 

During the cold winter night a nearby organization also opened its doors to those unable to be in their homes.

"The building across the street was on fire, and the Islamic Awareness Center allowed residents to come over and sit in," Maliyka Muhammad of the Islamic Awareness Center said. "That's what our God-fearing people do."

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It was an easy decision for the Islamic Awareness Center to open its doors to people who needed somewhere to go.

"Our religion Islam teaches us that we should help other people, and these are our neighbors, and when we talk about how we're supposed to help our neighbors, we're supposed to treat our neighbors as if they were close family members," Muhammad explained.  

Carrie Bates was one of the people who had to leave her home. She took to Facebook to thank these strangers for their kindness. 

Muhammad explained it was a first time experience for those at the center, and something they are proud of as they continue efforts to reach out to the community. 

"To my knowledge this is the first time that we've ever had to give refuge to people dealing with a calamity," Muhammad said. "We just had a meeting, the women of the community, just Monday night about what we could do more to show our presence, a positive presence in the community, and God allowed it to manifest itself by us being here, opening the doors, and being kind to someone in need."

The cause of that fire is still under investigation. The house at 8 Livingston Street was torn down Wednesday afternoon. 

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