Ralph Stetson, emergency services director of the Northern Vermont Chapter of the American Red Cross, began coordinating a disaster aid response soon after the fire call.
The Red Cross established a command post at the Enosburgh Opera House
to give fire victims temporary housing, food, and such necessities as lost or missing drug prescriptions and eyeglasses.
Temporary accommodations were found for seven of the eight displaced families, Stetson
said.The eighth family was out of town at the time of the fire.
The Red Cross released its team at 7:40 this morning after being on the scene overnight, providing "mass care" to firefighters, Stetson said. (Mass care is continuous food and drink in a canteen unit.)
The Red Cross chapter already this year has provided emergency services at as many fires as it did in all of 2004, Stetson
said donations earmarked for disaster relief by potential donors would be appreciated "and will be used very fast."