Multiple fire departments contended with frigid overnight temperatures to combat a house fire at 33 Irasburg Street in Orleans, Vermont last night. Despite their best efforts, the home was lost and 3 residents were displaced. American Red Cross volunteers were on scene to assist the family and to support the first responders.
Red Cross volunteers with the Orleans County Disaster Action Team met with the displaced residents to assess emergency needs. The three residents made plans to stay with nearby family, but the Red Cross provided financial support to help replace food and clothing lost in the blaze. Additionally, referrals were made for other state, local and charitable resources in the area that can help the impacted residents as they begin their difficult road to recovery.
Along with the assistance provided to the displaced residents, the Red Cross volunteers lent their support to the multiple responding fire departments, State Police and ambulance personnel who were on scene. The Red Cross provided food and beverage to the assembled emergency personnel.
To our south in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York, neighboring American Red Cross regions provided shelter to 1,400 people impacted by Friday’s devastating snow storm. The largest number of those sheltered were in Massachusetts (850 people), while Connecticut and Rhode Island saw 500 plus people seek shelter with the Red Cross.
To help people affected by fires as well as devastating natural disasters, 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.