Disaster Action Team volunteers from the American Red Cross of Central New York are providing assistance and support to the family that lost two members after a house fire at about 3:30 a.m. Thursday on South State Street in Syracuse.
Eight of the nine family members who live in the house were at home at the time of the fire, and all eight were transported to local hospitals. Two people have died and two remain in critical condition.
Red Cross volunteers have provided the family with financial assistance for food, clothing, transportation, lodging at an area hotel, and other necessities. Red Cross volunteers will remain available to the family for support, counseling and referrals to local agencies that will provide long-term assistance during their recovery.
Since Nov. 1, Red Cross DAT volunteers from the Central New York Chapter have responded to 11 house fires in Onondaga and Oswego counties, and the Nov. 6 bus crash on Interstate-81. The Red Cross has provided assistance to a total of 51 people (32 adults, 19 children) who were displaced from their homes by those fires, plus 50 bus passengers and the bus driver.
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 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 www.redcross.org/ny/syracuse/volunteer.