Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Red Cross offers help to 12 people after fourplex fire


SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 4:15 a.m.)— The American Red Cross is offering help to ten adults and two children this morning after a fourplex fire in West Valley at approximately 4800 West 4100 South. Red Cross disaster action team members are on the scene at this hour to assess the immediate essential needs of the 12 people affected and to offer items like food, clothing and shelter. More information will be available soon. This is the second fire the Red Cross has responded to in 24 hours. Yesterday's early morning apartment fire affected a family of seven on Riverside Drive in Salt Lake.

Red Cross Chapters in Utah responded to 114 disasters last year. Some of them rendering multiple families homeless. Nationwide, the American Red Cross’s local chapters help victims of major and minor disasters by offering immediate comfort, which may include food, a warm place to stay, clothing, emotional support and other life necessities. Volunteers give comfort kits to victims of fire, flood or other disasters. The kits include helpful items like toothbrushes, toothpaste and a toy for children.

How you can help:

Help people affected by disasters like this fire by donating to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, or your local Chapter. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters. Learn more www.utahredcross.org.