For most of us, this weekend was about relief from a blistering heat wave, but for others it brought devastation and disruption. Late night/early morning fires in South Burlington, VT and Whitingham, VT have displaced ten people from their homes. In both instances, disaster services volunteers with the Vermont & the New Hampshire Upper Valley American Red Cross have stepped in to provide comfort and support.
Late last night, a Whitingham, Vermont family of six, including four children ages 6 to 12, were forced from their home after fire caused major damage to their 140 VT Route 112 residence. Red Cross volunteers have made arrangements for temporary lodging and will have a follow up meeting with the family this afternoon to assess additional emergency needs. It is anticipated that financial support for lost food and clothing will be provided.
In South Burlington, Vermont, four individuals awoke to flames ravaging their Barrett Street home. All safely made it out of the home. Those displaced residents are, at this time, meeting with Red Cross volunteers and anticipated to receive financial assistance with food and clothing and, if needed, temporary lodging.
In a summer that has been plagued by flash floods and record high temperatures, fire remains a considerable danger. In recent years, the Red Cross has responded to an average of 125 house and apartment fires each year, providing emergency assistance. This work is carried out primarily by a corps of dedicated volunteers who answer the call for help day and night, 365 days a year. To be a part of our group of volunteers, no prior experience is necessary and all the training that is needed is free and will be provided.