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American Red Cross Responds to Three Home Fires in Four Days

AUBURN, N.Y. (March 4, 2014) — The American Red Cross of Cayuga County provided assistance to 24 people from seven families who were displaced from their homes by three fires in  four days from Feb. 26-28.

A Disaster Action Team (DAT) from the American Red Cross of Cayuga County provided assistance Feb. 24 to the immediate needs of five families affected by a fire at 54 Van Anden St., Auburn. The tenants were not allowed to return to the building and an estimated 18 tenants were displaced.

On Feb. 27, one family was affected by a fire on Ball Road, Weedsport.  Two people were displaced as the home experienced extensive damage.

And on Feb. 28, Red Cross DAT volunteers responded to a third fire and provided assistance to two adults and two children whose home on Washington Street in Auburn suffered extreme damage.

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 for Cayuga County should contact the American Red Cross of Cayuga County at (315) 252-9596 or visit www.redcross.org/ny/syracuse/volunteer.

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 redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.