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American Red Cross Helping Norwich Families After Friday Morning Fire

Displaced residents get help with emergency needs; first responders offered beverages, food.

The American Red Cross is helping three adults in two families with emergency food and clothing needs after a fire early Friday on Cedar Street in Norwich. While most residents are able to return to their units in the building, it is possible that additional residents may receive assistance if the situation changes, said American Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman. The Red Cross also provided beverages and food for emergency responders at the scene to help them stay hydrated and maintain energy levels. The Red Cross is also provided the displaced residents comfort kits, containing age and gender appropriate personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving supplies and other items a family might not have been able to gather in the rush to escape the fire. Children's kits include a stuffed toy. American Red Cross disaster assistance is free of charge, a gift made possible by generous donations and the work of volunteers.