Red Cross Assists Eight After Liverpool Apartment Fire

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (April 29, 2014) — The American Red Cross of Central New York is assisting eight people who were displaced from their homes Tuesday afternoon by a fire in one of the buildings at the Covered Bridge Apartments complex on Vine Street in Liverpool.

The building has six individual units, and Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers are assisting five adults and three children from five of those units. The fire started at about 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, and no injuries were reported.

The Red Cross is providing the eight tenants with food and lodging at an area hotel for up to three nights. 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 www.redcross.org/ny/syracuse/volunteer.

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 www.redcross.org/cny or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/arccny.