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American Red Cross Assists Four After Syracuse Fire

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Jan. 10, 2013) — Disaster Action Team volunteers from the American Red Cross of Central New York provided assistance Friday morning to four people who were displaced from their apartment by a fire at 543 Clarendon Ave., Syracuse.

The fire started at about 2 a.m. at the house, which has three apartment units. Red Cross volunteers provided food to four adult tenants from one of the units, and drinks and other support for the Syracuse Fire Department at the scene. The tenants from the other two units were not at home when the fire started.

The Red Cross did not provide lodging because the four tenants were able to spend the night at a friend’s home. A neighbor provided the tenants with money for cab fare to their friend’s home.

Red Cross volunteers will remain available to help all of the tenants with their long-term recovery if needed.

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

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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