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Red Cross Helping After Fire in Austin, MN

Volunteers are assisting with immediate needs, such as shelter, food, clothing and medications.

ROCHESTER, Minn., April 19, 2016 – Local American Red Cross volunteers are helping more than 40 people after a nine-unit apartment fire on 6th Ave. NW in Austin, Minnesota today. 

“After disasters like home fires, Red Cross volunteers meet with those affected and provide assistance for their immediate needs, such as shelter, food, clothing and replacement medications,” said Melanie Tschida, Executive Director for the American Red Cross serving Southeast Minnesota. “Volunteers also comfort and listen to those in need, helping them with long-term recovery planning and connecting them with community resources.”

National American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign

Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a home fire. Countless others suffer injuries. To combat these tragic statistics, the Red Cross has launched a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to home fires by 25 percent over the next five years. The American Red Cross and thousands of Home Fire Campaign partners have helped save at least 83 lives and installed more than a quarter of a million smoke alarms in homes all across the country since the campaign launched in October of 2014.

For more information about home fire safety, including safety checklists, printable fire escape plans and more, visit

Download the Red Cross First Aid App at to get access to life-saving information on what to do for common, everyday first aid emergencies including burns.

By empowering local volunteers, the American Red Cross is able to fulfill its mission to prevent and alleviate suffering in the face of emergencies. Become a Red Cross volunteer in your community, visit

The Red Cross depends on financial donations to help people affected by disasters both big and small. To donate, visit, call 1-800-RED-CROSS. People can also text the word “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross serving Southeast Minnesota, 310 14th St. S.E., Rochester, MN 55904.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. The American Red Cross serving Southeast Minnesota serves more than 520,000 people in Dodge, Freeborn, Fillmore, Goodhue, Le Sueur, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, and Winona counties. For more information, please visit Like us on Facebook: American Red Cross serving Southeast Minnesota.