Red Cross Rock River Chapter to assist local family displaced by fire
From press release
The Rock River Chapter of the American Red Cross is assessing the needs of the family displaced by a fire in the 2200 block of Clover Street early Monday morning, Sept. 13. The blaze claimed the life of an 18-year-old girl, and left four members of her family injured. Following such incidents as residential fires, the Red Cross provides emergency assistance in the form of food, shelter and emotional support for those affected.
“We’re deeply saddened by this family’s loss,” said Chapter Executive Director Dr. Robert Willis. “We offer our deepest condolences, and are prepared to provide the family with the necessities they need to recover from this tragedy. We also would like to encourage others to take action to minimize the risk of a fire in their own home.”
The Red Cross recommends installing smoke alarms on each level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside of sleeping areas. Use the test button to test each smoke alarm once a month. All smoke alarm batteries need to be replaced once a year. Every family should have a fire escape plan that includes at least two escape routes from every room in the home. Also, choose a convenient meeting place at a safe distance from your home. Practice your escape plan at least twice a year with all household members.
Reports indicate the blaze was sparked by an unattended candle left burning overnight.
Last year, the Rock River Chapter conducted more than 50 local relief operations; mostly fires. You can help your neighbors recover from disasters like home fires by making a donation to the American Red Cross by calling (815) 963-8471 or visiting rockriver.redcross.org.
For more Red Cross fire safety and preparedness information, visit www.redcross.org/homefires.
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