American Red Cross aids eleven after two Watertown fires

WATERTOWN, NY – Volunteers from the Central & Northern New York Chapter of the American Red Cross provided immediate emergency aid to eleven people after two fires Monday in Watertown, Jefferson County.

One fire was on Waite Avenue, which displaced four adults and a one-year old child.The second fire was on Highway 12, at the Rainbow Hotel. Six residents there were evacuated after fire damaged the building.

The Red Cross provided financial assistance for necessities such as shelter, food, and clothing to a total of ten adults and the one infant. Volunteers also offered emotional support and comfort kits containing personal care items and stuffed animals for the child..In the coming days, Red Cross staff and volunteers will remain available to help those affected by thefireas they navigate the road to recovery. Approximately six additional residents of the Rainbow Hotel will be eligible for assistance tomorrow.


The Red Cross relies on the generosity of local donors to help families prepare, respond and recover from disasters in Central & Northern New York. Please visitredcross.orgor call 1-800-RED-CROSS to donate to Disaster Relief and help people affected by disasters big and small.

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