BLACK RIVER — Volunteers from the North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross provided aid to three people after a fire Wednesday on Route 283.

According to Black River Fire Department Chief Matthew Carpenter, firefighters were dispatched to the Black River Estates trailer park at about 1 p.m. Wednesday with automatic mutual aid from Fort Drum Fire Department.

“The fire was confined to the kitchen area,” Chief Carpenter said. “There was a quick attack, the area ventilated. Fire investigators were called to the scene but an exact cause of the fire could not be pinpointed. Fire damage was confined to the kitchen, but smoke damage went throughout the trailer.”

A Red Cross press release stated the agency provided financial assistance for necessities such as shelter, food and clothing to two adults and one 4-year-old child.

“Volunteers also offered emotional support and comfort kits containing personal care items and stuffed animals for the child,” the release states. “In the coming days, Red Cross staff and volunteers will remain available to help those affected by the fire as they navigate the road to recovery.”

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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