October 27, 2021

Red Cross aids fire victims

Colin Spencer/staff reporter

Fire crews contain the remains of a house fire Friday morning on Route 41 in Willet. The fire left 11 people homeless.

The American Red Cross is working to help the 11 family members in Willet who lost their home Friday morning to a fire find housing and help with other needs, a Red Cross official said.

The organization will assist the three adults and eight children who lived at 525 Route 41 by providing funding for temporary housing and other immediate needs like mental health counseling, said Dan Hartman, the regional communications manager for the Red Cross’s Western New York region.

Case workers from the Red Cross will guide the family to develop long-term plans for recovering. This can include helping them look for a new home and get homeowners insurance.

The fire was reported about 7:33 Friday morning. Firefighters from Killawog, Willet, Cinncinatus, Marathon and Smithville Flats responded, along with Marathon Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

The fire was largely contained an hour later. None of the residents was injured, Willet Chief Brad McGowan said.

Details on the cause of the fire were unavailable Friday.