Red Cross Helping 38 People After Weekend Fires in Connecticut

Red Cross responding to home fire
We are fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers who respond to help their neighbors in need. The American Red Cross workforce is more than 95% volunteer. They are the heart and soul of the organization.

The American Red Cross has responded to five fires since Friday evening, helping 38 people in 16 families. The fires were in Ashford, Bridgeport, East Hampton, Farmington and Waterbury.

Saturday, April 27

Farmington:

The American Red Cross is helping three adults and three children in three families after a multi-unit fire Saturday, April 27, on Case Street in Farmington.

The Red Cross is providing one adult with help for emergency clothing and food needs.

A second family of one adult and three children is receiving help with emergency housing and food needs. The Red Cross also provided stuffed toys for the displaced children.

One adult in a third unit received help with emergency food and clothing needs.

The families had other alternatives for housing.

Waterbury:

In Waterbury, the Red Cross is helping 15 people – 12 adults and three children – in seven families after a multi-unit fire at Sudbury and Tremont Streets on Saturday, April 27. The Red Cross is providing help with emergency housing, food and clothing needs. One additional family has yet to contact the Red Cross. Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman said the Red Cross remains available to assist with the family’s needs. “We are here to help the affected families and are keeping in our thoughts the friends and family of the person who perished in this difficult fire, Shipman said.

This was the second multi-family fire in a week in Waterbury. The Red Cross helped 13 people – three adults and 10 children – in three families after a fire on Thursday, April 25 on North Main Street. The Red Cross provided help with emergency housing, food and clothing needs to the displaced families, as well as providing stuffed toys to the children.

Friday, April 26:

East Hampton:

The Red Cross is helping one adult with emergency housing, food and clothing needs after a fire on Friday, April 26 in East Hampton on Browning Road.

Bridgeport:

The Red Cross is helping 14 people – 10 adults and four children – in four families after a fire Friday, April 26, on North Avenue in Bridgeport. The Red Cross is providing help with emergency housing, food and clothing needs, as well as stuffed toys for the displaced children.

Ashford:

The Red Cross is helping two adults with emergency housing, food and clothing needs after a fire on Babbington Street in Ashford on Friday, April 26.

In all cases, the Red Cross also provided 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.

Shipman thanked the volunteers who responded throughout the weekend. “We are fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers who respond to help their neighbors in need. The American Red Cross workforce is more than 95% volunteer. They are the heart and soul of the organization.”

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