FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ... (Barre, VT – October 16, 2014) In the early hours of today, a family of four and a single adult were displaced after fire struck their 34 Highland Avenue home in Barre, VT. The single-family style home with a basement apartment experienced major fire damage to the second floor and water damage to the first floor and basement. The Red Cross was contacted at approximately 2:30 a.m. and volunteers were headed to the scene within the hour.
Once on scene, two trained Red Cross volunteers met with a single gentleman who lived in the basement apartment and a family of four who occupied the remainder of the dwelling. The gentleman was in need of temporary lodging and financial assistance for food. He was able to retrieve some clothing from his apartment. The family of four advised the Red Cross that they would make other arrangement and did not request services.
The Barre fire was the fourth in just the past 48 hours. Also overnight, fire struck a dwelling at 301 Western Avenue in Brattleboro. Red Cross volunteers were asked to connect with the family to assess emergency needs. The impacted residents ultimately advised that they had places to go and would not be in need of Red Cross assistance. On Tuesday, a Poultney woman received lodging and other assistance after fire destroyed her home. Also on Tuesday, Red Cross volunteers provided assistance to a Hancock, VT family of three whose apartment was struck by fire. Temporary lodging, financial assistance, comfort kits and stuffed animals were provided.
All disaster services offered by the American Red Cross are provided without charge. To help support people affected by fires as well as devastating natural disasters, a donation can be made to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Visit www.redcross.org/vermont, call 802-660-9130, ext. 111, text REDCROSS to 90999, or mail your contribution to American Red Cross, 29 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401.