Red Cross Opens Shelter After Syracuse Apartment Fire

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Nov. 20, 2013) — The American Red Cross of Central New York opened a shelter early Wednesday morning at St. Lucy’s Church in Syracuse for 12 adults who were displaced from their homes by a fire Tuesday night at an apartment building at 123 Polk St., Syracuse.

The apartment building had more than 25 units, and it’s possible that more tenants will require an overnight stay at the shelter. The Red Cross will assess the needs of the tenants Wednesday morning to determine if lodging is also required Wednesday night.

Red Cross volunteers will also provide food for the tenants at the shelter.

Disaster Action Team volunteers from the Red Cross responded to the apartment fire soon after it started at about 9:10 p.m. No injuries were reported, but the building was destroyed as several fire trucks responded to the scene and flames could be seen from miles away.

The Syracuse Fire Department ordered a Centro bus that transported the displaced tenants to the Red Cross office in Syracuse, where they filled out paperwork before being transported to St. Lucy’s at 432 Gifford St., Syracuse.

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