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Red Cross Responds to Six Home Fires in Last Three Days

Providing Immediate Emergency Assistance to Families throughout the State

STATEWIDE (Monday, November 7th) – Over the last three days, volunteers from the American Red Cross in Maine responded to six separate fires across Knox, Lincoln, Washington, Somerset and Sagadahoc counties, providing immediate emergency assistance to twelve 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 5th:  Broad Street, Rockland (2 people assisted)

Saturday, November 5th:  Back River Landing, Boothbay (3 people assisted)

Sunday, November 6th:  High Street, Vanceboro (2 people assisted)

Monday, November 7th:  Warren Hill Road, Palmyra (2 people assisted)

Monday, November 7th:  Pine Hill Apartments, Farmingdale (1 person assisted)

Monday, November 7th:  Harmony Hill Road, Topsham (2 people assisted)

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

The Red Cross launched an initiative to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25 percent over five years.  The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign 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 www.MaineRedCross.org or call (207) 874-1192 ext. 113.

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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 MaineRedCross.org, on Twitter (ARC_Maine), or Facebook (American Red Cross of Maine).