American Red Cross Responds to Apartment Fire in Highland Park

We helped ten families today, but there are still more people.

American Red Cross, Southeastern Michigan Region, Emergency Services Department, responded to an apartment fire on Stevens in Highland Park. The Red Cross provided assistance to 10 families in the way of food, clothing three of those families also received overnight accommodations.

Red Cross Emergency Service Specialist Toyia Yancey responded to the scene at 4 a.m. to help provide at least seven families with clothing and temporary shelter. "We usually provide a one to two-night stay in a hotel, but it's on a case-by-case basis," Yancey said. "We helped ten families today, but there are still more people."

The Red Cross is on standby to provide assistance to additional occupants of the apartment complex if needed.

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
  • 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
  • Having a plan in place can help you escape, including at lease 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
  • For more Red Cross fire safety and preparedness information visit, www.redcross.org/homefires

    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, people can click, call of text – visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-REDCROSS OR text the word REDCROSS TO 90999 to make a $10 donation.

    About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.