2 Fires in 24 Hours; February Starts Like January Ended

Red Cross Assists After Home Fire
Volunteers comprise 95% of the American Red Cross disaster services workforce.

Burlington apartment, West Burke barn impacted by fire in past 24 hours

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ... (Burlington, VT – February 3, 2014)  Two Red Cross volunteers were on scene at an apartment fire on Riverside Avenue in Burlington, VT this morning.  As fire crews worked to suppress the fire, the responding Red Cross volunteers met with the resident of the apartment directly impacted. Temporary lodging has been arranged and financial assistance provided to the gentleman displaced. The Red Cross will keep an eye on the situation as it is determined whether or not residents of adjacent units will be able to return to their apartments. 

Yesterday, volunteers with the American Red Cross disaster action team in Caledonia County were on scene of a fire impacting a large barn on Calendar Brook Road in West Burke, VT. The volunteers supported the seven responding fire departments with food, hot coffee and other forms of hydration. 

Yesterday also saw Red Cross volunteers in central Vermont connecting with a woman whose Marshfield, VT home was destroyed by fire on Friday. Financial assistance was provided to the woman who had resided at the home. The Marshfield fire was one of thirty-six (36) across our region that triggered Red Cross involvement in the month of January. With two fires in the first three days of February, our volunteers may be looking at another very busy month. 

Volunteers comprise 95% of the American Red Cross disaster services workforce and are essential to fulfilling the nonprofit’s humanitarian mission. The people of our region are served by an extraordinarily corps of Red Cross volunteers who are formed into twelve teams throughout Vermont and New Hampshire’s Upper Valley. The Red Cross is always recruiting disaster volunteers to ensure these teams remain strong and can continue to provide quick and vital support to those struck by disaster. 

Becoming a Red Cross volunteer does not require any specialized experience. Any training a volunteer will need is provided at no cost. Red Cross volunteers come from all walks of life and are all ages. The work of a Red Cross volunteer is not always easy, but it is always gratifying. Those who are interested can go to www.redcross.org/vermont to learn more or call Angela Russell at 802-660-9130, ext. 107. 

All disaster services offered by the American Red Cross are provided without charge. To help support people affected by fires as well as devastating natural disasters, a donation can be made to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. These gifts enable the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit www.redcross.org/vermont, call 802-660-9130, ext. 111, text REDCROSS to 90999, or mail your contribution to American Red Cross, 29 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401.