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American Red Cross Assists Six After Mattydale Fire

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (May 23, 2015) — Disaster Action Team volunteers from the Central New York Chapter of the American Red Cross assisted six people from two families who were displaced from their home Saturday afternoon by a fire on South Florida Road in Mattydale.

The Red Cross volunteers provided two adults and two children from one family and two adults from a second family with financial assistance for temporary lodging at an area hotel, and vouchers for food, clothing and local transportation.
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

About the Disaster Action Team

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. Volunteers are 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