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Red Cross Responding to House Explosion in Wilson

Eastern MA - Chapter News 22

The American Red Cross continues to provide for the immediate emergency needs of a family of six displaced following a fatal house explosion Tuesday on Chestnut Street in Wilson, NY. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family and everyone in the community affected by this tragedy.

Sr. Director of Emergency Services Kenneth Turner and Disaster Mental Health volunteer Sue Olexenko met with the family on Wednesday afternoon to assess their needs. Red Cross assistance typically includes vouchers for temporary housing, food and clothing. In addition, trained Disaster Mental Health volunteers are available to provide the family with emotional support during these difficult times. As their immediate emergency needs are met, the Red Cross will continue to work with the family to assist them in putting together a longer-term recovery plan.

The American Red Cross responds to nearly 400 house fires in Western New York each year, and spends an average of just over $1,000 assisting a family of four following a single-family house fire. To make a financial donation to help those affected by house fires and other disasters down the street, across the country, or around the world, please visit, call 1-800-REDCROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation (charges will appear on your cell phone bill).

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 or join our blog at