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Local Red Cross Urges Fire Safety Following Fatal Fire

PHILADELPHIA, PA, July 7, 2014 — The American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania is conducting a Fire Safety Walkthrough today around the site of a fatal fire that claimed the lives of four children. The fire began around 2:30 a.m. this past Saturday following the July 4th festivities. The Red Cross conducts Fire Safety Walkthroughs after a fatal fire to raise awareness about fire safety and prevention.

Red Cross volunteers will distribute fire safety kits, which include tips for preventing fires in both English and Spanish and a 9-volt battery for smoke alarms. Missing smoke detectors or smoke detectors without a working battery are the leading cause of fire deaths. Providing fire safety tips and batteries are just two of many ways the Red Cross works year round to reduce fires and fire deaths in our community.

Visuals will include volunteers going door to door and handing out or leaving fire safety kits.

WHO: American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania leadership and volunteers, Red Paw volunteers and the Philadelphia Fire Department

WHAT: Going door-to-door to hand out fire safety kits and raise awareness about fire safety and prevention

WHEN: Today, July 7th, 2014, 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Neighborhood surrounding 6500 block of Gesner Street, Philadelphia, PA

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at