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American Red Cross Assists Five After Syracuse Fire

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (April 4, 2014) — Disaster Action Team volunteers from the American Red Cross of Central New York provided assistance early Saturday morning to a family of five that was displaced from its single-family home by a fire at 142 Minerva St., Syracuse.

Red Cross volunteers were called to the scene at about 4 a.m. and provided food, clothing, storage containers and other necessities to the family with two adults and three children. The Red Cross also provided lodging at an area hotel for up to three nights for the family.

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.

Since March 30, the Red Cross has responded to three separate house fires in the city of Syracuse, assisting a total of 21 people.

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