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American Red Cross Assists 21 After Auburn Apartment Fire

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (May 26, 2015) — Disaster Action Team volunteers from the Central New York Chapter of the American Red Cross assisted 21 people from five families who were displaced from their homes by a fire Monday at an apartment building on Janet Street in Auburn.

The Red Cross volunteers provided 10 adults and 11 children with financial assistance for temporary lodging at an area hotel, and vouchers for food and clothing. Red Cross volunteers will remain available to the families for support, counseling and referrals to local agencies that will provide long-term assistance during their recovery.

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, contact the American Red Cross of Central New York at 315-234-2299 or email

For a home fire safety checklist and other fire safety information, visit


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