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Red Cross Responds to 10 Weekend Fires in WCNY

Fire Safety

Volunteers from the American Red Cross have responded to ten separate fires across Western and Central New York since Friday, October 28, providing immediate emergency assistance for 30 people. Red Cross assistance typically includes vouchers for temporary housing, food and clothing as needed, and Disaster Mental Health volunteers are available to help with the emotional aspect of disaster. Those affected will meet with caseworkers in the coming days to work on a longer-term recovery plan. 

Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers responded to fires at the following locations:

·         Friday, October 28: NY Route 65, Honeoye Falls
Two people assisted

·         Friday, October 28: Miller Street, Irondequoit
Two people assisted 

·         Friday, October 28: Carefree Lane, Cheektowaga
Three people assisted

·         Saturday, October 29: North Union Street, Olean
Two people assisted 

·         Saturday, October 29: Wood Avenue, Buffalo
Four people assisted 

·         Saturday, October 29: Groveland Station Road, Groveland
Four people assisted 

·         Saturday, October 29: Cedarwood Terrace, Rochester
One person assisted

·         Sunday, October 30: 10th Street, Buffalo
Four people assisted

·         Sunday, October 30th: Sommer Street, North Tonawanda
Seven people assisted


·         Sunday, October 30th: Sabine Street, Syracuse
One person assisted

Volunteers Needed

The American Red Cross has launched an urgent appeal for volunteers, particularly disaster volunteers who can respond to local incidents such as home fires, flooding and snowstorms. There are also opportunities to deploy to other regions of the country during large-scale disasters to assist in sheltering, feeding, damage assessment and bulk distribution.

The Red Cross workforce is made up of 90 percent volunteers. In order to continue providing services locally and beyond, new volunteers are greatly needed, and there are opportunities available to fit every schedule, skill set and interest. For more information about how to help your community as a Red Cross volunteer, please visit

You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit, call 1-800-REDCROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.