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Red Cross Assists Five After Brownville Apartment Fire

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (June 6, 2014) — The American Red Cross of Northern New York is assisting five people who were displaced from their homes Thursday afternoon by a fire in one of the apartments above the A and T Diner in Brownville.

The building has two individual units, and Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers are assisting four adults and one child from one of those units. The fire started at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, and no injuries were reported.

The Red Cross is providing the five individuals with food, clothing and shoes. Red Cross volunteers remain available to the families for support, counseling and referrals to local agencies that will provide long-term assistance during 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 of Central New York at (315) 234-2200 or visit

About the American Red Cross:

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