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American Red Cross Assists Two After Solvay Fire

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Feb. 16, 2014) — A Disaster Action Team from the American Red Cross of Central New York provided assistance Sunday night to two people were displaced from their home by a fire at Fairmount Carpet & Linoleum on Milton Avenue in the village of Solvay.

There are two apartment units on the second floor of the building. The Red Cross volunteers provided food and clothing for one adult and one child from one of the units. The adult and child did not require lodging because they are staying with a family friend.

As of 8 p.m. Sunday night, the adult resident of the other apartment unit had not requested assistance from the Red Cross.

The fire started at about 6 p.m., and no injuries have been reported. Red Cross volunteers will remain available to the residents for support, counseling and to provide referrals to local agencies that will help them with their long-term needs.

American Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers are trained to respond to emergencies and disasters such as fires, floods and ice storms and administer to the needs of the 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 those interested should contact the American Red Cross of Central New York at (315) 234-2200 or visit www.redcross.org/cny.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters;supplies more than 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 www.redcross.org/cny.