Thu, Jan 16, 2014 05:04 PM
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
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.
For more info or to make a donation visit www.redcross.org.