MILWAUKEE -- The American Red Cross was called out to assist three adults and a child following a fire at a home on N. 51st Boulevard early Sunday morning, July 26th.
To assist the family with their immediate needs, the Red Cross' Disaster Action Team provided two flashlights and four comfort kits (including personal hygiene products, a Red Cross booklet, which helps people work through the effects of a fire and financial assistance for food).
Red Cross resources will continue to be available as needed as these individuals recover from the fire.
Last week, there were three fires involving vacant homes in Milwaukee -- and one of those fires spread to a neighboring home that was occupied:
This, as Red Cross officials said volunteer teams are being called to more incidents than they were at this time last year.
The Southeast Wisconsin chapter is up about five percent. Statewide, the increase is closer to eight percent. The number of individuals and families needing assistance is also on the rise.
There was yet another fire on Thursday afternoon in Milwaukee. The Red Cross provided assistance to six children and 13 adults affected by a fire located on W. Calumet Rd.
Red Cross disaster assistance is free of charge -- a gift made possible by generous donations and the work of trained volunteers.
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