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Red Cross Responds to Three WNY Fires in Less Than 24 Hours

Fire Safety

Volunteers from the American Red Cross responded to three separate fires across Western New York since Thursday evening, providing immediate emergency assistance for 11 people. Red Cross assistance typically includes vouchers for temporary housing, food and clothing as needed, and Disaster Mental Health volunteers are available to help with the emotional aspect of disaster. Those affected will meet with caseworkers in the coming days to work on a longer-term recovery plan.

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

·         Thursday, 2/11: Ellicott Road, Portland (Chautauqua County)
Six adults and one child assisted
Volunteers: Jason Carmen, Scott Chase, Lenore Jakiela and Ron Vanord

·         Thursday, 2/11: Weatherby, Clarksville (Allegany County)
One adult assisted

Volunteers: Jason Carmen, Darci and Jerome Ladabouche


·         Friday, 2/12: Normal Avenue, Buffalo (Erie County)
Two adults, one child assisted
Volunteers: Nicole Gerber and David Reilly

The American Red Cross has launched an initiative to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25 percent over 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 Campaign, the Red Cross is joining with fire departments and community groups nationwide to install free smoke detectors in homes that need them. For more information or to schedule an installation appointment, email or call 716-878-2353.

The Red Cross relies on financial contributions to provide help and comfort to disaster victims anywhere, anytime. 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-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.