Red Cross Helps Tackle Three Fires Wednesday

It was a busy Wednesday for the Canadian Red Cross after helping at least 15 people temporarily displaced by fires in Fredericton, Riverview and Smithfield.

Dan Bedell, communications director for the Atlantic region, said an early morning fire displaced seven people from a two-storey home on Union Street in Fredericton.

“Red Cross volunteers are helping one adult and one child from the most damaged apartment with emergency lodging, food and clothing purchases,” said Bedell in an email.

“Five other tenants expected to stay with relatives or friends but will be offered similar Red Cross help if needed.”

Volunteers also responded to a fire on Mountain Road in Smithfield, about 30 kilometres southwest of Fredericton. That blaze displaced two adults and two children.

“The Red Cross team from Fredericton has been in touch with the family to offer similar emergency aid as they awaited a damage assessment through insurers,” said Bedell in an email.

Later in the morning, Bedell said volunteers went out again after a fire extensively damaged a mobile home in the Coverdale area, located west of Riverview.

He said the Lotus Avenue fire displaced three adults and one child, who will also receive help from volunteers with emergency lodging, food and clothing purchases.

“There was nobody home at the time of the blaze on Lotus Avenue, so there were no injuries,” said Bedell in an email.

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