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Local Groups Commended For Teamwork During Recent Apartment Fire

A fire from January 9 on Clinton's east side was the subject of most of the discussion for Monday night's Clinton City Council meeting.

Efforts by many resulted in no injuries and the swift action to tend to the needs of the victims. According to Leslie Cyrulik of the American Red Cross Chapter in DeWitt County, emergency personnel were very gracious to open up several places for the victims in the apartment fire to find shelter.

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Bob Reed, Disaster Action Team (DAT) Captain for the Red Cross Chapter in DeWitt County, is appreciative and proud of the efforts of everyone involved. Several emergency responding agencies were involved and Reed calls it the biggest local effort he's been a part.

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The bone chilling temperatures combined with high winds on that Friday were cause of some extremely dangerous conditions for those on scene, and Teresa Barnett, Emergency Management Agency Director for DeWitt County, explains there was a lot of behind the scenes work that went into the event that the public may not have noticed.

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Reed encouraged the City Council as they investigate a new fire station, to perhaps consider incorporating a portion of the facility as a shelter location for events such as the apartment fire from earlier this month. He feels it isn't a matter of if something like that happens again, but it is a matter of when.

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