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American Red Cross Assists 11 After Syracuse Fire

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (April 2, 2015) — Disaster Action Team volunteers from the Central New York Chapter of the American Red Cross assisted 11 people (five adults, six children) who were displaced from their two-family home by a fire Thursday morning on Carbon Street in Syracuse.

For one family with three adults and three children, the Red Cross provided financial assistance for temporary lodging, and vouchers for food, clothing and local transportation. For the other family with two adults and three children, the Red Cross provided financial assistance for temporary lodging, and vouchers for food, clothing, shoes, seasonal garments and local transportation.

Red Cross volunteers will remain available to the residents for support, counseling and referrals to local agencies that will provide long-term assistance during their recovery.

This week, the Red Cross of Central New York has assisted 17 people (eight adults, nine children) who were displaced from their homes by fires in Syracuse Sunday and Thursday, and Phoenix Tuesday.

TWO LIFESAVING STEPS The American Red Cross has launched an initiative to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25 percent over the next five years. The Red Cross is asking every household in America to take two simple steps: check existing smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home.

As part of the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, the Red Cross is joining with fire departments and community groups nationwide to install free smoke detectors in homes that need them. For more information or to schedule an installation, please contact Disaster Program Manager Maureen Perkins at maureen.perkins@redcross.org or (315) 234-2208.