Volunteers and staff from the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York provided emergency assistance in response to several fires over the weekend. In total, 56 people received Red Cross assistance from Friday morning to Sunday night.
At least 36 people were displaced by a fire early Sunday morning on Woodlawn Avenue in Saratoga Springs that consumed 4 row houses and destroyed 16 dwellings. The Red Cross responded and opened a shelter in the City of Saratoga to provide impacted residents with shelter, as many area hotels are in demand due to the Saratoga Race Course being in session. Red Cross workers are providing food and temporary housing and will be working with the fire victims on longer-term arrangements.
Soon after the Saratoga response, volunteers from the Adirondack-Saratoga Chapter of the American Red Cross provided assistance to a family of four after an early evening fire in Hebron, Washington County. The two adults and two children, ages 4 and 7, were given assistance for food, clothing and shoes.
Later on Sunday night, Red Cross volunteers responded to a fire in the Arbor Hill neighborhood in Albany by assisting two adults with assistance for temporary housing, food, clothing and shoes.
The weekend began with the need for Red Cross volunteers to provide assistance to 14 people after a fire damaged a two-family home in the City of Hudson (Columbia County) early Friday morning. Two separate families consisting of three adults and 11 children were given assistance with food, clothing, shoes, infant supplies, comfort kits and toys.
The ability for the Red Cross to respond to disasters is made possible solely through the generous donations made by the public. To assist those affected by disasters, visit www.redcross.org/neny to volunteer and/or donate to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief.