Block Fire Devastates St. Johnsbury

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE … (St. Johnsbury, VT – December 23, 2012) Red Cross disaster services volunteers from three counties are on scene to help residents displaced by a large, multi-unit apartment fire at 430 Railroad Street in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. The fire has already impacted the residents of at least eight units. We understand that additional units at 438 Railroad Street have also sustained heavy damage.

The large-scale nature of the event prompted a call out of Red Cross volunteers from outside of Caledonia County, ensuring prompt assistance for residents enduring a terrible upheaval in the midst of this holiday season. Several residents have already been assisted, with temporary lodging arranged and financial assistance provided to help with food and clothing lost in the fire.

St. Johnsbury has opened its Welcome Center for the displaced and this is serving as a meeting place for the residents and Red Cross disaster services volunteers. Food and beverages are also being provided to those impacted, including the first responders working the fire.

As volunteers continue to work this still evolving incident in St. Johnsbury, other Red Cross volunteers in Rutland County are keeping open our shelter at the Rutland Regional Medical Center for another night to ensure that residents who remain without power have warm and safe lodging if needed.

To help people affected by fires like the one this evening in St. Johnsbury and to help ensure sheltering is available in the wake of winter storms, a donation can be made to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit www.redcross.org, call 802-660-9130, text REDCROSS to 90999, ext. 111, or mail your contribution to American Red Cross, 29 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401.