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Volunteers Helping Two People after Fire on Garson Avenue

Fire Safety

Volunteers from the American Red Cross responded to a fire on Garson Avenue in Rochester Friday night, providing temporary housing and food for two people. Specially-trained Disaster Mental Health volunteers will be available to help the survivors deal with the emotional aspect of this disaster, and affected families will meet with caseworkers in the coming days to work on a longer-term recovery plan. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this disaster.


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 Jose Latalladi at or 585-241-4358.


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.