The American Red Cross is assisting 15 people, including six children, whose Lafayette homes were damaged early this morning in an apartment fire.
The blaze affected five families about 2:30 a.m. at the Diamond Lakes apartments at 2700 Ambassador Caffery.
The Red Cross volunteers helped coordinate assistance in the form of food, shelter, clothing and emotional support due to fire damage to the homes, as well as referrals to other community partners.
“We’re deeply saddened for those affected,” said Tony Credeur, community chapters executive. “As we continue to help the residents, we want others to take steps now to lower the risk of a home fire.”
The Red Cross recommends two easy steps to help protect your home and loved ones from a fire: get a smoke alarm and create a fire escape plan.
• Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
• Place smoke alarms on every level of your home, including bedrooms.
• Test smoke alarms once a month and replace batteries at least once a year.
• Have a plan in place can help you escape, including at least two ways to escape from every room of your home and a meeting spot at a safe distance from your home.
• Discuss the plan with everyone in the household and practice it at least twice a year.
Red Cross volunteers who assist at such fires are members of the Acadiana Chapter’s Disaster Action Team, a group of specially trained volunteers who respond to the scene of a local disaster when called upon at any time of the day or night.
For more Red Cross fire safety and preparedness information visit www.redcross.org/homefires or redcross.org/acadiana.
To make a financial donation to your local Red Cross to help people affected by house fires and other disasters here in the United States and around the world, you can click, call or text – visit www.redcross.org/acadiana, call (337) 234-7371, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.