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Poultney Fire Destroys Home, Displaces Resident

Fire Safety
This crucial and timely help is available because of a dedicated corps of volunteers.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ... (Poultney, VT – October 14, 2014) An overnight fire has destroyed the home of a Poultney retiree, leaving her with nothing but the clothing she was wearing when she evacuated.  At 4:30 a.m. this morning, the Red Cross Duty Officer took a call advising that a resident was displaced by the fire at 3630 Route 31 in Poultney, VT.  In response, two members of the Rutland County Red Cross Disaster Action Team immediately mobilized. 


The Red Cross knows that recovery begins the moment disaster strikes.  For this reason, Red Cross volunteers quickly meet with those impacted by fire and other disasters, working to assess emergency needs.  In this instance, the Red Cross has provided temporary lodging and financial assistance to help with food and clothing.  In addition, referrals were made to other community resources that can aid in the recovery process. 


The type of crucial and timely assistance that was provided this morning is made available to the people of our region through the work of a dedicated corps of volunteers.  To be an American Red Cross volunteer, no prior experience is necessary and all the training you will need is free and will be provided.  To find out more about becoming an American Red Cross volunteer, go to or contact Angela Russell at 802-660-9130, ext. 107 or 


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, call 802-660-9130, ext. 111, text REDCROSS to 90999, or mail your contribution to American Red Cross, 29 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401.