Atlanta Red Cross Responds to Five Fires on Coldest Morning in Thirteen Months


ATLANTA, February 12, 2012 – On the coldest morning since Atlanta’s 2011 “Ice Jam”, Red Cross volunteers responded to a total of five home and apartment fires which were spread across three counties and provided emergency aid to several metro area families.

The largest of the fires occurred at the Haverly Place Apartments in Stone Mountain (Dekalb Co.), where residents were forced from twenty units. Shortly thereafter, Red Crossers were summoned to the Alderwood Apartments in Atlanta (Dekalb Co.), where residents were displaced from 5 units. Additionally, Red Cross volunteers responded to three single-family fires, each in Clayton, Dekalb and Rockdale Counties. In all, the Red Cross provided emergency aid, ranging from food, clothing and shelter, to a total of thirty adults and thirteen children between the hours of 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. on Sunday.

“Cold weather is often accompanied by a spike in home fires,” said Nancy Brockway, Chief Emergency Services Officer for the Atlanta Red Cross. “Regardless of the temperatures, we know that our volunteers are ready to respond when called upon and we are thankful for their dedication to fulfilling our mission.”

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit http://www.atlantaredcross.org or join our blog at http://www.atlantaredcross.wordpress.com ###

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