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Red Cross Operates Shelter Overnight for East Hampton Fire


Paul Shipman

The American Red Cross operated a shelter overnight in East Hampton at East Hampton High School for people evacuated from the area around the Bevin Bell Company due to a fire at the factory.

The Shelter opened before 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning with a population of 25 people. The Red Cross responded with a team that included a nurse and a mental health counselor to operate the shelter and provide any support needed to residents. Snacks were also provided.

The shelter closed Sunday at approximately 7:00 a.m. when residents left the facility.

American Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman said the Red Cross also provided canteen service for firefighters at the scene.

“We are thankful for the volunteers who responded to help the community during this major fire,” Shipman said. “They responded in the middle of the night on a holiday weekend, knowing that their neighbors needed help.”

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