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13 People Spend Thursday Night at Red Cross Shelter after Bethlehem Steel Fire

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The American Red Cross continues to operate a shelter at Lackawanna High School, 550 Martin Road, for residents evacuated following a fire at the former Bethlehem Steel plant. 13 people spent Thursday night at the shelter, where volunteers have cots and blankets, food, water and other support available. Red Cross disaster staff remain in contact with emergency officials to ensure the needs of those affected are being met. 

In addition, Red Cross volunteers responded to fires in Batavia and Buffalo Friday morning, providing immediate emergency assistance for seven people. Red Cross assistance typically includes vouchers for temporary housing, food and clothing as needed, and Disaster Mental Health volunteers are available to help with the emotional aspect of disaster. Those affected will meet with caseworkers in the coming days to work on a longer-term recovery plan. 

Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers responded to fires at the following locations:

·         Ellicott Street, Batavia
Two adults assisted

·         Goodyear Avenue, Buffalo
Three adults and two children assisted 


The Red Cross relies on financial contributions to provide help and comfort to disaster victims anywhere, anytime. You can help people affected by disasters like flooding, home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.