PAYSON (June 30, 2013) – Nine people are at an American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter shelter early Sunday morning in Payson after being evacuated due to a fire Saturday night in Rye.
Seven adults and two children were transported to the Red Cross shelter at Payson High School around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Between 20 and 30 people were evacuated around 9 p.m. Saturday when a still-uncontained fire broke out behind All Bikes Sales, located off Highway 87, about 10 miles south of Payson. The automotive salvage yard is sandwiched between two mobile home parks.
Evacuated residents wanting to reconnect with loved ones are urged to register through the Red Cross Safe and Well website at www.safeandwell.org. Those wishing to make donations to the Red Cross can do so online at www.redcross.org/donate or by calling 1-800-733-2767.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. It’s a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, please visit www.redcross.org/gcc, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.