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Red Cross Assists 14 After Fires in Auburn and Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Feb. 24, 2015) — Disaster Action Team volunteers from the Central New York Chapter of the American Red Cross assisted 14 people from four families who were displaced from their homes by fires Monday in Auburn and Syracuse.

In Auburn, two families were displaced by a fire at a multi-family home on Orchard Street. For one family with two adults and two children, Red Cross volunteers provided financial assistance for temporary lodging, and vouchers for food, clothing, seasonal garments and infant supplies. For the second family with two adults and one child, the volunteers provided financial assistance for temporary lodging, and vouchers for food, clothing and infant supplies.

In Syracuse, two families were displaced by a fire at an apartment building on Mary Street. For one family with two adults and two children, Red Cross volunteers provided financial assistance for temporary lodging, and vouchers for food, clothing, seasonal garments and local transportation. For the second family with one adult and two children, the volunteers provided vouchers for food, clothing and local transportation.

The Red Cross volunteers will remain available to the residents for support, counseling and referrals to local agencies that will provide long-term assistance during their recovery.

TWO LIFESAVING STEPS 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 their 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, please contact Individual and Community Preparedness Specialist Veronica Chiesi Brown at 585-241-4405 or veronica.chiesibrown@redcross.org.

To support home fire survivors across the country, the American Red Cross has launched a new social media campaign called #GiveWhatFireTakes. Donors nationwide have the opportunity to support Red Cross relief efforts. For every amount raised, the Red Cross is able to provide not only recovery items for home fire survivors, but also critical fire safety training and smoke alarm installations to help prevent deaths and injuries. Visit our Crowdrise campaign page, make a direct donation on redcross.org and share what moved you to join the campaign on social media with #GiveWhatFireTakes.