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Red Cross Responds to Two Fires in Onondaga County

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Dec. 11, 2013) — Two Disaster Action Teams from the American Red Cross of Central New York provided assistance early Wednesday morning to the immediate needs of 11 people who were displaced from their homes by fires in Syracuse and Phoenix (Onondaga County).

A fatal fire occurred at an apartment building at 732 W. Onondaga St., Syracuse. One tenant died at the scene, while 10 additional tenants were removed until power was restored. The Red Cross arranged to provide a Centro bus, where the tenants stayed warm and were provided snacks until they were allowed to return to the building. A resident whose apartment was completely destroyed was provided lodging at an area hotel and funds for food, clothing and temporary storage of personal items.

A fire also occurred early Wednesday at a single-family home at 994 Lamson Road, Phoenix. The fire caused extensive damage, and the Red Cross provided the adult resident with food, shelter, comfort supplies, lodging at an area hotel, and storage for personal items.

American Red Cross Disaster Team (DAT) volunteers are trained to respond to disasters such as fires, floods and ice storms, and to 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 who is 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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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 or join our blog at