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American Red Cross Helping Two Families After Wallingford Fire


Paul Shipman

In addition to the family of three assisted earlier today in the Wallingford fire on Elm Street, the Red Cross is helping two adults who were also residents of the multi-unit home and were not at the scene earlier today. The Red Cross is providing the residents help with emergency housing and food needs.

The Red Cross reported earlier today that it is helping a family of three – one adult and two children – after an early morning fire on Elm Street in Wallingford. The Red Cross is providing help with emergency housing, food and shelter needs, as well as stuffed toys for the children displaced by the fire.

The Red Cross is also providing 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.

Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman noted that news reports indicate the five-year-old son of the upper unit residents alerted his family to the fire after being awakened by the smoke alarm. “It’s wonderful news that this young boy heard the smoke alarm and knew that it was an important signal. We urge all families to make sure they have smoke and carbon monoxide alarms installed in their homes and that they have a fire safety plan. Please be sure to include your children in these conversations to make sure everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire.”

American Red Cross disaster assistance is free of charge, a gift made possible by generous donations and the work of volunteers.