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Red Cross Helping Five after Three SWNY Fires Friday

Fire Safety

Volunteers from the American Red Cross, Western New York Chapter responded to three separate fires Friday, April 3, providing for the immediate emergency needs of five people. Red Cross assistance typically includes funding for temporary housing, food and clothing as needed. Disaster Mental Health volunteers are available to help the families deal with the emotional aspect of their disaster, and those affected will meet with caseworkers in the coming days to work on a longer-term recovery plan.


Volunteers responded to fires at the following locations Friday:

·         Fredonia: One adult
Volunteers Jason Carmen and Jeanie Shiffer

·         Hanover Road, Forestville: Two adults
Volunteers Jason Carmen and Mary Walker

·         Cattaraugus County: Two adults
Volunteers Bob Shook and Leah Vooys


The American Red Cross has launched an initiative to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25 percent over the next five years. The Red Cross is asking every household in America to take two simple steps: check their existing smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home. As part of the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, the Red Cross is joining with fire departments and community groups nationwide to install free smoke detectors in homes that need them. To schedule an installation, please contact PearlieMae Hargro at or 716-878-2356.


To support home fire survivors across the country, the American Red Cross has launched a new social media campaign called #GiveWhatFireTakes. Donors nationwide have the opportunity to support Red Cross relief efforts. For every amount raised, the Red Cross is able to provide not only recovery items for home fire survivors, but also critical fire safety training and smoke alarm installations to help prevent deaths and injuries. Visit our Crowdwise campaign page, make a direct donation on and share what moved you to join the campaign on social media with #GiveWhatFireTakes.