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Red Cross Helping 11 People After Fires in New Haven, Bridgeport and Preston

The Red Cross is helping with emergency housing and food needs.

FARMINGTON, CONN., February 11, 2015 – The American Red Cross is helping 11 people – eight adults and three children in four families – after fires Tuesday and early Wednesday in New Haven, Bridgeport and Preston.

In Preston, the Red Cross responded to a fire on Miller Road and is helping a family of two adults with emergency housing, food and clothing needs. Red Cross team members Sue Bolen and Fred Bolen responded to assist the family.

In Bridgeport, the Red Cross is helping a family of six people – three adults and three children – with emergency housing, food and clothing needs after a fire on Noble Avenue. Volunteers Frank Cassella, Emily Lowenthal-Cassella, John Stewart and Mike Vincelli responded to assist the family.

In New Haven, the Red Cross is helping three adults in two families with emergency housing, food and clothing needs after a fire on Shelton Avenue. Red Cross volunteers Missy Lundeen and Lionel Dunlap responded to assist the families.

The Red Cross is also providing comfort kits containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving supplies and other items a resident might not have been able to gather in the rush to escape the fire. Also provided was an envelope of information helpful to families recovering from a fire, including tips on cleanup; notification of important contacts; dealing with damaged items and more.

PREVENT HOME FIRES:

The American Red Cross has launched a campaign to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25% in five years. There are two actions you can take to substantially reduce the risk of death or injury in a home fire.

Install smoke alarms: Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a fire in half. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home inside bedrooms and sleeping areas.

Practice fire drills at home: Fire experts agree that you may have as little as 2 minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out. Use this Home Fire Escape Plan worksheet to plan your evacuation and practice it at least twice a year as a family.

Learn more about the Red Cross home fire prevention campaign.

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