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Red Cross Responds to Two-Family House Fire in Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Jan. 14, 2014) —  A Disaster Action Team from the American Red Cross of Central New York provided assistance Tuesday morning to the immediate needs of four people who were displaced by a fire at a two-family home at 616-618 Richmond Ave., Syracuse.

Two adults from each family were not allowed to return to the building. Red Cross volunteers arranged for temporary hotel stays for the residents, and also provided funds for food, clothing and storage.

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 of Central New York at (315) 234-2200 or visit

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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 or join our blog at
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