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Red cross provides support to two local fires, frequent fires persist

RUTLAND - On Jan. 8, Red Cross volunteers were called to provide support in response to two late day fires.
A commercial fire at East Creek Motors on West Street in Rutland, Vt was reported first. The volunteers provided water, hot beverages and food to first responders working to extinguish the blaze.
A few hours later, a house fire was reported at 328 Old City Falls Road, in Strafford, Vt, indicated that two people would be in need of Red Cross support this evening, which could include temporary lodging, food and clothing.
These request for Red Cross assistance are the 11th and 12th of the New Year.  Last year, the Vermont & the New Hampshire Upper Valley American Red Cross was called upon in the wake of disaster 179 times; more frequently than anyone can recall in recent years.  90 percent of those calls were related to house and apartment fires. Just more than half way through its current fiscal year, the organization is matching last year's historic rate, which was 70% greater than seen in this region just four years ago.
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