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Red Cross Responds to Buckingham Commons Fire

Fire Safety

Volunteers from the American Red Cross are responding to a fire at Buckingham Commons in Rochester Sunday. Nine volunteers from the Disaster Action Team (DAT) are providing immediate emergency assistance to residents of 36 apartments. Volunteers are working with building owners to assure housing needs are being met, and the Red Cross is providing food, clothing and medicine replacement as needed. Disaster Mental Health volunteers are available to help with the emotional aspect of this disaster, and those affected will meet with caseworkers in the coming days to work on a longer-term recovery plan.

Any residents in need of assistance can call the Greater Rochester Chapter at 585-241-4400.

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 or to schedule an installation, call 585-241-4390 or email

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.