MORRISONVILLE, NY (July 26, 2015) - The American Red Cross has opened a temporary service center at the Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department (456 Old Military Rd, Lake Placid, NY 12946) to aid residents affected by last night's fire in downtown Lake Placid. Volunteers from the North Country and Northeastern New York chapters of the Red Cross are on hand to provide financial assistance for food, clothing and other emergency needs. The fire, which occurred on the eve of the Lake Placid Ironman triathlon, affected two buildings on Main Street and displaced an estimated 16 people.
Volunteers working through the night confirmed that all those affected by the fire had a safe place to spend the evening. Today, the Red Cross is working with individual residents to provide emergency assistance on a case-by-case basis. The Red Cross service center at the Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department is expected to remain open until at least 5:00 P.M. today. Red Cross staff and volunteers will remain available to help those affected by the fire as they navigate the road to recovery in the coming days.
Since January 1, 2015, the Red Cross has responded to more than 250 home fires in the Eastern New York Region and provided assistance to more than 1,100 local fire victims.
The Red Cross relies on the power of volunteers to be able to respond to disasters 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across a 24-county service area. Volunteers are needed now to help provide disaster relief across the region. To join the Red Cross as a disaster responder, visit www.redcross.org/volunteer, enter your home zip code and select “Disaster Services” as your area of interest.
All Red Cross assistance is provided free of charge and made possible by the generosity of the public. To donate to Red Cross Disaster Relief and help people affected by disasters big and small, including home fires, visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org.