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Red Cross Helping 45 People After Four Connecticut Fires

Eastern MA - Chapter News 20

The Red Cross had a busy day, responding to four fires in the state since late Tuesday night. In all, the Red Cross is helping 45 people – 28 adults and 17 children – in 18 families with emergency needs for housing, food, clothing and baby items.

“It’s been a busy day for our teams,” said American Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman. “But we are grateful for the many volunteers who make this work possible.”

Shipman said the spate of fires began late Tuesday with a fire in Trumbull on Park Street that displaced five adults and seven children in two families. The Red Cross provided help with housing and food needs.

An early morning fire on Sexton Street in New Britain displaced 21 people – 11 adults and 10 children – in five families. The Red Cross responded, providing help with housing, food, clothing and baby needs.

As the day progressed, a Red Cross team responded to a single family fire in Torrington on Summer Street that displaced two adults. The Red Cross provided help with housing, food and clothing needs.

A fire in the late morning hours in Middletown on Washington Street displaced 10 adults from a multi-unit building. The Red Cross responded with help for housing, food and clothing needs.

At each fire 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. Children's kits include a stuffed toy.

“We are a small staff here in Connecticut,” Shipman said. “Volunteers are the heart of this organization. And our volunteers are able to do the work they do because of the generous support of donors who provide the resources we need to offer this emergency assistance. When Connecticut residents are forced from their homes and need help, it’s the support of their neighbors that makes it possible.”

American Red Cross disaster assistance is free of charge, a gift made possible by generous donations and the work of volunteers. For more information about the Red Cross and how you can help, visit www.redcross.org.