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Red Cross Assists Family of Six After Pennellville Fire

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Dec. 1, 2014) —  Disaster Action Team volunteers from the Central New York Chapter of the American Red Cross provided assistance Monday to a family of six that was displaced from its home by a fire on County Route 54 in Pennellville (Oswego County).

The Red Cross volunteers provided the family of three adults (18 and over) and three children with financial assistance for food, clothing, shoes, seasonal garments and local transportation. The Red Cross is also providing lodging for the family at an area hotel for three nights.

None of the family members was injured in the fire, which started at about 11 a.m. Monday. But the family did lose seven pets.

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

Since Nov. 1, the Central New York Chapter has responded to 19 single-family home or apartment fires and assisted 101 people from 32 families. In Oswego County since Nov. 1, the Red Cross has responded to five fires, including Friday night’s fatal fire on East Third Street, and assisted 29 people from 11 families.

About Red Cross DAT

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 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 www.redcross.org/ny/syracuse/volunteer.