FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE… (Brattleboro, Vermont – October 16, 2013) Starting around 4:30 p.m. this afternoon, fire tore through a 7-unit apartment building located at 218 Elliot Street in Brattleboro, VT. Six of the seven units were occupied and all seventeen residents have been put out of their homes by the fire. Six Red Cross disaster services workers responded and met with the six families to ensure that the seventeen displaced will have a place to stay tonight. Temporary lodging has been arranged for the seventeen at an area motel for the next three nights.
In addition the temporary lodging, the affected families are being provided financial assistance to help with food and clothing. The Red Cross is working to convene a meeting of state and charitable partners tomorrow to help the displaced residents determine their next steps, such as transitional housing. The corps of six Red Cross volunteers and local staff also helped support the first responders on scene, providing dinner and hydration.
The cause of the fire is unknown, but appears to have started on the third floor. All residents and pets escaped unharmed.
All emergency assistance offered by the Red Cross is provided without charge. To enable the Red Cross to provide this assistance, and to support the training and tools required to respond, the Vermont & the New Hampshire Upper Valley American Red Cross relies upon donations made by members of the community.
To help people affected by fires as well as devastating natural disasters, a donation can be made to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit www.redcross.org, call 802-660-9130, ext. 111, text REDCROSS to 90999, or mail your contribution to American Red Cross, 29 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401.