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Red Cross Helping 15 People After Weekend Fires

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

FARMINGTON, CONN., February 9, 2015 – The American Red Cross is helping 15 people after fires in Bridgeport, Meriden, Hartford and Torrington between Friday and Sunday.

The Red Cross responded to three fires Sunday that displaced a total of 12 people.

In Bridgeport, the Red Cross is helping a family of four – three adults and one child – with emergency housing, food, clothing and baby needs after a fire Sunday on Hollister Street. Red Cross volunteers Alan Burke, Michael Burke and Mike Vincelli responded to assist the family.

In Meriden, the Red Cross is helping a family of six people – two adults and four children – with emergency housing, food, clothing and baby needs, as well as stuffed animal toys for the displaced children, after a fire Sunday on Stoney Crest Drive. Red Cross volunteers Missy Lundeen, Andrew Curtis and Ryan Lundeen responded to assist the family.

In Hartford, the Red Cross is helping two adults with emergency food needs after a fire Sunday on Elliott Street. A second family of two adults was not at the scene, but the Red Cross remains available to provide assistance if needed, said Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman. Red Cross volunteers Larry Berman, Bob Jeram, Pat Jeram, Teryn Libby, Deb Sullivan and Ann Marie Braun assisted the residents.

The Red Cross responded to two fires on Friday in Bridgeport and Torrington that displaced three people.

On Friday, the Red Cross responded to a fire in Bridgeport, providing help with emergency housing, food and clothing needs to one adult displaced from a residence on Union Avenue. Red Cross volunteers Alan Burke, Michael Burke and Mike Vincelli responded to assist the resident.

Also on Friday, the Red Cross responded to a fire in Torrington on Rockwell Street, where two residents were displaced. The Red Cross provided help with emergency food and clothing needs. Red Cross volunteers Joe Cozza, Jay Markwell and Amy Thomas responded to assist the residents.

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.