Red Cross Assists 78 Fire Victims

MEDFORD, Mass., April 8, 2019 – The American Red Cross responded to 16 emergencies that displaced families across the Commonwealth over the weekend.

From a large multi-family fire in Ashland Friday that left 16 people without a home, to the 15 home fires that displaced 23 families (62 people), Red Cross volunteers worked diligently all weekend to ensure that the immediate emergency needs of these residents were met and they had a plan to begin the long road to recovery.

Volunteer Disaster Action Teams responded in the following locations in the last three days:

  • Ashland
  • Reading
  • Hanson
  • Brockton
  • Belmont
  • Lynn
  • Dorchester (2 fires)
  • New Bedford (3 fires)
  • Springfield
  • Fall River
  • Lowell
  • Dartmouth
  • Billerica

The American Red Cross provides the means for families to get immediate emergency support such as clothing, food and shelter in the first few days after a fire. Volunteer Client Caseworkers then work with the families to help them navigate the days and weeks following to recovery. The American Red Cross is a charitable organization, not a government agency. It depends on volunteers and the generosity of people like you to perform our mission.

The Red Cross and community partners around the country are participating in a campaign called the “Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.” If you, or someone you know doesn’t have smoke alarms installed in your home, Red Cross is working with local teams to install them free of charge. If you are in need of someone to install smoke alarms, please contact the American Red Cross to arrange for a free smoke alarm installation or battery check by going to or by calling 1-800-564-1234.

In Massachusetts, a family is displaced by a disaster – most usually a home fire – on average every two hours. You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit, call 1-800-564-1234, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.