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Red Cross Assists Dozens Following 3-Alarm Bronx Fire

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Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers are mobilized to assist with fire or storm-related emergencies

Early this morning, amidst falling snow and frigid temperatures, American Red Cross volunteers provided relief to dozens of Bronx residents who were left out in the cold following a 3-alarm fire on College Avenue that destroyed several homes.

At the scene the Red Cross provided blankets, clothing, water and emotional support to those affected. Four displaced families (10 adults and 9 children) required emergency housing, which the Red Cross provided, along with funds for basic necessities, such as food and clothing.

Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers are mobilized to assist with additional storm-related emergencies.

Extreme cold increases the risk of home fires. Please see the following home heating safety tips below:

  • Keep all potential sources of fuel, like paper, clothing, bedding or rugs at least three feet away from space heaters, stoves or fireplaces.
  • Portable heaters and fireplaces should never be left unattended. Turn off space heaters and make sure any embers in the fireplace are extinguished before going to bed or leaving home.
  • If you must use a space heater, place it on a level, hard and nonflammable surface (such as ceramic tile floor), not on rugs or carpets or near bedding or drapes. Keep children and pets away from space heaters.
  • Never use a cooking range or oven to heat your home.
  • Keep fire in your fireplace by using a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
  • We also encourage all residents to download our free Red Cross First Aid App (available at the Apple /Android store) which includes a variety of useful preparedness information.
  • For more information on emergency preparedness, visit
  • 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 @RedCrossNY.