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Red Cross Responds to Four Home Fires Over Weekend

Providing Immediate Emergency Assistance to Families throughout the State

STATEWIDE (Monday, November 14th) – Over the weekend, volunteers from the American Red Cross in Maine responded to four separate fires in Orland, Hartland, Berwick and Atkinson, providing immediate emergency assistance to 11 individuals.

Red Cross emergency assistance includes vouchers for temporary lodging, food and clothing as needed, and Disaster Mental Health volunteers are available to help with the emotional aspect of disaster.  Over the next several days, the Red Cross will stay in contact with the families to provide financial assistance and community referrals, as they being their road to recovery.

Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers responded to fires at the following locations:

Saturday, November 12th:  Mandala Way, Orland (3 individuals assisted)
Saturday, November 12th:  Ford Hill Road, Hartland (3 individuals assisted)
Saturday, November 12th:  Long Swamp Road, Berwick (4 individuals assisted)
Sunday, November 13th: Maple Road, Atkinson (1 individual assisted)

Individuals wishing to support Red Cross Disaster Services can call (800) RED-CROSS or visit

The Red Cross launched an initiative to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25 percent over five years.  As part of the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, the Red Cross is asking every household in Maine to take two steps: check your existing smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home.

Over the last two years, the Red Cross in Maine has installed more than 4,500 free smoke alarms throughout the state. Residents wishing to learn more about the Home Fire Safety Campaign or who would like to schedule an appointment to have free smoke alarms installed in their home, should visit or call (207) 874-1192 ext. 113.


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. Learn more at, on Twitter (ARC_Maine), or Facebook (American Red Cross of Maine).