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Red Cross Opens Shelter After Willow Street Apartment Fire

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (June 27, 2014) — The American Red Cross of Central New York opened a shelter early Friday morning for nine people from three families who were displaced from their homes by a fire Thursday night at an apartment building at 729-735 Willow St., Syracuse.

The shelter is at St. Lucy’s Church on Gifford Street in Syracuse, and Red Cross volunteers are providing the shelter residents with food, cots, blankets, and personal hygiene items. The shelter will remain open until all nine of the tenants have found more permanent lodging.

Red Cross volunteers will remain available to the families for support, counseling and referrals to local agencies that will provide long-term assistance during their recovery.

Since Wednesday morning, the Red Cross of Central New York has provided lodging and other assistance to 24 people who were displaced by five separate fires in the city of Syracuse. For steps residents can take to prevent home fires, visit
American Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers are trained to respond to disasters such as fires, floods and ice storms and administer to the needs of survivors. Red Cross assistance typically includes temporary shelter, financial assistance for food and replacement clothing, replacement medication, and emotional counseling and support. Volunteers are urgently needed and anyone interested in becoming a DAT member should contact the American Red Cross of Central New York at (315) 234-2200 or visit

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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 follow us on Facebook at