You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.

Volunteers Respond to Seven WNY Fires Since Friday

Red Cross assistance typically includes vouchers for temporary housing, food and clothing as needed

Volunteers from the American Red Cross responded to three separate fires in Western New York in the past 24 hours. Since Friday, May 8, volunteers have responded to seven incidents, providing immediate emergency assistance to 40 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.

Members of the Disaster Action Team (DAT) responded to incidents at the following dates and locations:

Friday 5/8: Oakmont Ave, Buffalo (five people assisted)

Volunteers: Chuck Marra and Rachelle Uschold

• Saturday 5/9: Shelly Court, Tonawanda (eight people assisted)

Volunteers: Lenore Jakiela and Nicole Roma

• Sunday 5/10: Genesee Street, Buffalo (six people assisted)

Volunteers: Dennis Scott and Rachelle Uschold

• Sunday 5/10: Oakfield, NY (four people assisted)

Volunteers: Carol and Norm Kehl

• Monday 5/11: High Street, Buffalo (11 people assisted)

Volunteers: Sharon Daut, Nicole Roma and Rachelle Uschold, Emma Fabian, Mike Hoplight and Sterling South

• Monday 5/11: Wilkes Avenue, Buffalo (two people assisted)

Volunteers: Emily Shafer and Sterling South

• Tuesday 5/12: Roebling Avenue, Buffalo (four people assisted)

Volunteers: Emma Fabian and Mike Hoplight

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 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, please contact Pearlie Mae Hargro at 716-878-2356 or

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.