American Red Cross volunteers responded to a 5-alarm fire Feb. 12 in Roxbury section of Boston.
A fire in a single-family home broke out around 10 a.m., and was soon flaming through the roof of the two-story home on Perrin Street in Roxbury.
A Disaster Action Team from Metro 1 responded and found the homeowners huddled in their car, staying warm as temperatures hovered in the low 20s.
DAT volunteers met with four of the nine family members at the scene, also coordinating care of the family’s cat through a local Boston animal non-profit agency.
DAT volunteers were able to provide the family with immediate financial assistance, as well as starting their case-work package and providing disaster mental health assistance. Red Cross case work managers will continue to help guide the family through the next few weeks as they look for new housing and begin to take the next steps in recovery.
There were no fatalities in the fire, however one person was transferred to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
WHAT PEOPLE CAN DO: The Red Cross asks everyone to take two simple steps to help prevent injury and death during a fire in their home – check their smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home. Every household should develop a fire escape plan and practice it several times a year and at different times of the day. The plan should include two ways to get out of every room and a place to meet outside. Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas or homes on the second floor or above.
People should also install smoke alarms on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. The alarms should be tested every month and the batteries replaced at least once a year.
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 redcross.org/ma 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 redcross.org/MA, 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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.