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Disaster volunteers end 2012 on a busy note

Eastern MA News 2013 01/02/2013 Disaster volunteers end 2012 on a busy note

New Years Eve proved to be a busy day for Eastern Massachusetts volunteers, as they responded to several fires around the region.

Volunteers first responded to a fire in Jamaica Plain around 3 a.m. We were told four people were displaced by a fire, but they fortunately did not require our services.

Later that morning – around 6 a.m. – volunteers responded to an elderly housing complex fire in Weymouth. They provided refreshments for 48 people, including residents and first responders, and assisted 12 individuals at the complex’s community hall. By the end of their response, volunteers provided three residents with emergency temporary shelter – a hotel stay, and gave four people money for food, clothing and seasonal wear. All 12 were given comfort kits and smoke packs.

But the fire calls didn’t stop there. Volunteers helped out a family of four after a fire in Lowell, and were later dispatched to an apartment fire in the Fenway area of Boston. There, more than 20 residents were displaced.

Volunteers then rang in the New Year with a house fire in Lawrence, where we assisted seven people – including one baby. Red Cross volunteers later assisted one resident with emergency hotel stay and funds for food after they were affected by a fire in Cambridge.

New Years Day ended with a stop in Bourne, where several residents were affected by a fire at a multi-unit building.

We thank our volunteers for their willingness to help others.