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American Red Cross Assists Eight after Syracuse Fire

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Jan. 28, 2014) — Disaster Action Team volunteers from the American Red Cross of Central New York provided assistance Tuesday morning to eight people who were displaced from their home by a fire on Willis Avenue in Syracuse.

The fire, which started at about 9 a.m., destroyed the two apartment units in the house. Red Cross volunteers provided food, clothing, seasonal garments, children’s toys, personal hygiene items and shelter for up to three nights for the families in both units. One family has two adults and one child, and the other family has two adults and three children.

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

American Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers are trained to respond to disasters such as fires, floods and ice storms and administer to the needs of survivors. Red Cross assistance typically includes temporary shelter, financial assistance for food and replacement clothing, replacement medication, and emotional counseling and support. Volunteers are always needed and anyone interested in becoming a DAT member should contact the American Red Cross of Central New York at (315) 234-2200 or visit

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 or follow us on Facebook at