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Red Cross Helping 13 People After Fires in Voluntown, Brooklyn, Gales Ferry and Torrington

These fires bring our response from November 27 to seven fires affecting 33 people.

FARMINGTON, CONN., DECEMBER 2, 2013 - The Red Cross is helping 13 people after fires in Voluntown, Brooklyn, Gales Ferry and Torrington.

The Red Cross has responded to four fires since November 30 and is helping 13 people in five families.

On November 30, the Red Cross responded to a fire on South Main Street in Torrington, helping one person with emergency housing, food and clothing needs. The fire was initially reported as a multi-unit fire, but only one person was unable to return home. Red Cross volunteers Edward Briggs, Kathy Eddy, Michael Eddy, Gabe Gillotti, Jim King and Dorothy Dieobi responded to assist the families.

Also on November 30, the Red Cross responded to a fire in Gales Ferry on Parkwood Drive, where Red Cross volunteers Ann Ashe and Roberta Morton assisted a family of two adults and three children with emergency food and clothing needs. The family was able to make other housing arrangements.

On December 1, the Red Cross responded to a fire on Tiffany Road in Brooklyn. The Red Cross provided a family of one adult and three children with help for emergency housing, food and clothing needs. Red Cross volunteers Eldon Griffiths and Lynda Joly responded to help the family.

On December 2, the Red Cross responded to a multi-unit fire on Beachdale Road in Voluntown. The Red Cross is providing help with emergency housing, food and clothing needs to one adult and help with emergency food and household needs to one adult and one child. Red Cross volunteer Eldon Griffiths responded with Red Cross staff person Sue Rochester Bolen 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 family might not have been able to gather in the rush to escape the fire. 

“These fires bring our response from November 27 to seven fires affecting 33 people,” said Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman. “We saw a busy Thanksgiving holiday period with the activity occurring in many parts of the state. We’re grateful to the Red Cross team members who took time from their holiday preparations and celebrations to help neighbors in need.”

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