Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Burlington Fire Displaces Residents of 40-Unit Complex

The American Red Cross responded to the scene of a fire early this morning in Burlington that may displace as many as 40 families. The call came in to the Northern Vermont Chapter’s Disaster Operations Center just before 6:00am. The Chapter’s Chittenden County Disaster Action Team (DAT) mobilized and headed out to the complex on Hildred Drive in Burlington.

While it is the understanding of the Red Cross that the fire was limited to one unit, the complex’s property manager has advised that water damage and other fire-related consequences are such that residents in 40 units have been asked to leave their housing units. As the ability to return to those units is not yet known, the Red Cross has already started working with those affected, assessing the need for emergency assistance.

To meet the potential need created by this event, the Red Cross has established a service center at their 29 Mansfield Avenue headquarters in Burlington. For anyone in need of assistance who has not yet spoken with the Red Cross, they can contact the Northern Vermont Chapter at 802-660-9130. At the service center, staff and Chittenden County Disaster Action Team members will interview those affected to determine their emergency needs.

Red Cross disaster services volunteers are located throughout the region and are trained to provide disaster relief and emotional comfort. They are available to respond at any time, day or night, to disasters in their communities or surrounding towns. While the Red Cross primarily assists with emergency shelter, food and clothing, help is also provided in the form of medical and disaster mental health services and further support is provided to those affected by making referrals to other community support resources.

All emergency assistance provided by the American Red Cross is provided without cost to the disaster victims and is made possible by donations from fellow community members. To help the victims of this and other disasters, donations can be made to the American Red Cross by sending a contribution to the American Red Cross, Northern Vermont Chapter, 29 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401-3323. Please specify Disaster Services in the memo of your check.