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Power is still out for thousands of utility customers in the Southern Tier in the wake of the late week snowstorm that dumped up to two feet of heavy, wet snow


With almost half of Puerto Rico still without power, the American Red Cross is still providing relief.

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In an often angry discussion Thursday, the Buffalo Preservation Board denied a proposal to pave over much of the lawn of the historic American Red Cross mansion at Delaware Avenue and Summer Street to allow for more commercial development in the building.

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Buffalo firefighters responded to a home fully engulfed by flames on Jewett Avenue in the city's Central Park neighborhood early Friday morning that "very quickly" spread to three other homes. Although more than a quarter-million dollars in damage was reported, no one was injured.

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Buffalo firefighters were called to a house fire at 275 Woodlawn overnight.

Ahead of the most common time of the year for fires in the home, a new campaign to promote fire safety has been created. CSAA Insurance Group, AAA of Western New York and the American Red Cross are partnering together to inform people on fire safety.

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The Buffalo chapter of the American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive Wednesday to benefit the victims of Hurricane Matthew.

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It is not just the usual summer lull. The Red Cross says it has seen 39,000 fewer donations in just the past month and it has issued an emergency call for blood and platelets of all types.

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Buffalo firefighters were called to a house fire early this morning.

Lessons learned on the anniversary of 'Snowvember'

Nov 17, 2015
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It's been one year since "Snowvember," the massive snowstorm that covered parts of Western New York in up to eight feet of snow and killed 14 people. Now, the Red Cross is partnering with New York State to offer free disaster preparedness training to area residents for future emergencies.

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Five people escaped an overnight fire at a West Side residence.

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Buffalo Fire officials are reporting that two people are dead after an overnight blaze destroyed a building on the city's East Side.

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The Red Cross has been called to assist an East Side family after an early morning fire.

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A family in Sardinia, New York is being assisted by the Red Cross after a house fire early this morning.

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The Red Cross was called to assist after two fires in the Southern Tier.

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Recovery from the devastating tragedy that struck in Connecticut has extended its reach to Western New York.

A member of the local Red Cross has been sent to Newtown to assist with the emotional recovery that so many will be struggling with. Tara Hughes acts as the New York State Disaster Mental Health Chief, and she will be leading a team that will be available for grieving families and members of the community who need help in dealing with the tragedy.

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Residents of a North Buffalo apartment building were quickly forced out of their homes when flames erupted around 9:30 a.m. Friday. 

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The Red Cross is providing assistance to the Johnson family who lost their daughter and entire home in an explosion Tuesday in Wilson. 

14-year-old Sarah Johnson was killed when a blast tore apart the home on Chestnut Street in Niagara County. 

Jay Bonafede, communications director at the local Red Cross, says a senior emergency services director and a mental health volunteer both met with the family Wednesday to offer support.

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An early morning, two alarm blaze closed a portion of Elmwood Avenue overnight.

Crews responded to calls at 353 Elmwood just after midnight where a fire was well established when firefighters arrived. The apartment building suffered an estimated $200,000 in damage, and one person was treated at a hospital for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation and the Red Cross is assisting residents of the building.