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Red Cross Responds to Weekend Fires in East Central Mississippi; One Fatality

MERIDIAN, MS, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2013—The American Red Cross East Central Mississippi Chapter responded to four fires this weekend, including one in Lauderdale County that resulted with an adult fatality.

“Our hearts and minds are with the family during this difficult time,” said Gordon Stewart, Readiness and Response Manager for the East Central Chapter. “Our counselors and caseworkers will continue to provide Red Cross services as long as the family needs us.”

Of the four fires, two were in Lauderdale County, one was in Neshoba County, and the other was in Scott County. Red Cross disaster action team (DAT) members assisted affected families with lodging, food, clothing, health services and emotional support.

All Red Cross disaster assistance is free and made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of disaster events in Mississippi and thousands of other disasters across the country each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Mississippi Region Disaster Relief which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need.

To make contributions, call 800-RED-CROSS or donate online at, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to any of the local Red Cross offices in Mississippi.