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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