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Red Cross Assists Family of Eight After Sandy Creek Fire

SANDY CREEK, N.Y. (Nov. 19, 2013) — A Disaster Action Team from the American Red Cross of Central New York provided assistance Monday night and Tuesday morning to eight people who were displaced from their home by a fire at 4136 County Route 22, Sandy Creek.

The fire, which destroyed the home, started at about 3 p.m. Monday and was not completely extinguished until about 11 p.m. after it rekindled. No injuries were reported.

The Red Cross DAT volunteers provided the family of eight (six adults and two children) with food, infant formula and supplies, a crib, clothing, shoes, seasonal garments, linens and comfort kits with a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and other personal hygiene items. The family did not need lodging because it stayed with neighbors.

Red Cross volunteers are available to provide the residents with emotional support and counseling, and referrals to agencies that will help them with 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 should contact the American Red Cross Central New York Chapter at (315) 234-2200 or visit

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