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Rutland apartment fire impacts three units, displaces six including two small children

RUTLAND - On Sunday, June 9, at approximately 10 p.m. the on-call American Red Cross duty officer received word that a three-unit apartment house at 44 Pine Street in Rutland had fallen prey to fire. Members of the Rutland Disaster Action Team were dispatched to meet with those affected. It appeared that the residents would be out of their homes and in need of help.

Upon arriving on the scene, the trained Red Cross volunteers met with the displaced to determine their emergency needs. Soon, temporary lodging had been arranged for everyone and assistance provided to help with food, clothing and storage containers. The resident of one unit was a single adult, the second unit an adult couple and the third an adult and two young children. While the fate of the apartment units was unclear, the individuals and families impacted by the blaze would be squared away for the night and better prepared to tackle their next steps in the morning.

"For someone forced from their home by disaster, it is very disorienting," said Larry Crist, Regional Executive of the Vermont & the New Hampshire Upper Valley American Red Cross.  "That is why it is so important to meet with them quickly to let them know that help is available," he added.

The American Red Cross accomplishes its mission to prevent and alleviate suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. It is the combination of these inspiring forces that brings relief and hope to those devastated by disaster.

A vibrant volunteer corps helps the organization maintain its ability to provide timely and compassionate assistance to people across our region that have been impacted by disaster.  To be a part of our group of dedicated volunteers, no prior experience is necessary and all the training that is needed is free and will be provided.  To learn more about the American Red Cross volunteer experience, go to www.redcross.org/vermont or contact Angela Russell at 802-660-9130, ext. 107 or angela.russell@redcross.org.