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Red Cross Responds to Three WNY Fires in 24 Hours

Fire Safety

Volunteers from the American Red Cross have responded to three separate fires in Western New York in the past 24 hours, providing immediate emergency assistance for 15 people. Red Cross assistance typically includes funding for temporary housing, food and clothing as needed, and specially-trained Disaster Mental Health volunteers are available to help those affected deal with the emotional aspect of their disaster. Affected families will meet with caseworkers in the coming days to work on a long-term recovery plan.

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

·         Pheasant Run Road, Amherst
Two adults and four children assisted
Volunteers: Laurie Hagen and Diane Sargent

·         Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo
One adult assisted
Volunteers: Laurie Hagen and Diane Sargent

·         Dewitt Street, Buffalo
Eight adults children assisted
Volunteers: Laurie Hagen and Diane Sargent

The Red Cross asks everyone to help Sound the Alarm in Western New York, and be part of the nationwide Red Cross effort to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires. As part of the Home Fire Campaign, the Red Cross is joining with fire departments and community groups nationwide to install free smoke alarms in homes that need them. For more information, or to schedule an alarm installation, 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.

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. 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.