Volunteers provide support to people affected by Hollister home fire

Photo of four Red Cross volunteers who responded.

The four volunteers who responded are (l-r): Dan Kemper, Sal Duran, John Crepeau, and Kelly Donelly-May.

HOLLISTER, CA — An early morning fire on April 14 at a residence in the city of Hollister prompted a response from the city’s Fire Department, an assist from CalFire personnel, and support from the American Red Cross. The response occurred minutes after midnight on Saturday at 1000 Central Avenue.

The fire, which firefighters contained to the two homes at that residence, affected 27 people who were there at the time. Three of the occupants were reported to have sustained injuries that required treatment at a local hospital.

Patsy Gasca, the Disaster Program Manager for the Red Cross’s Central Coast Chapter, said four of the organization’s volunteers responded to the call and that 20 of the home’s occupants accepted some type of assistance from the Red Cross that night.

“The assistance we provided helped the people with a range of needs, from emergency lodging to replacement food and clothing,” she said.

Chapter volunteers on Monday were continuing to provide followup assistance to help occupants with unmet needs such as permanent housing, Gasca said.


About the American Red Cross of the Central Coast:
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. The American Red Cross of the Central Coast serves the residents of Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties.  For more information, visit our website at redcross.org/centralcoast or call us at 831-624-6921. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.