Volunteers from all over Eastern Massachusetts have been busy responding to fires throughout the region – many of which have left residents displaced from their homes.
Red Cross volunteers first responded to a fire in New Bedford early Thursday morning, and provided hotel stay for two people displaced by the blaze. Later on, they reported to a bigger fire in Lowell, where they assisted four adults emergency temporary shelter – a hotel stay, and funds for food and clothing.
Volunteers were then sent to a fire in East Boston, where several units were displaced. While everyone had a place to stay, Red Cross volunteers provided some tenants with funds for food and clothing.
In Brookline, volunteers interviewed more than 12 residents affected by fire at a nearby school and worked with the Brookline CERT Team to assess their needs. Volunteers ended up providing two people from two different units with emergency temporary shelter – a hotel stay. They also provided smoke packs to all of the residents, so they can wash the scent of smoke out of their clothing and linens.
Volunteers then reported to a fire in Lawrence, where we provided emergency hotel stay for two people burned out of their apartment. In Hyannis, volunteers opened a shelter at a local church to provide a warm place to sleep for people displaced from a large apartment fire. Only a handful of people stayed overnight, but the Red Cross was there for anyone who needed assistance.
While we are more than happy to help in a time of need, we urge everyone to be careful heating their homes this winter. Please take caution with space heaters and avoid heating your home with a stove or oven. For more tips, click here.