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Red Cross Helping 17 People After Hartford Fire

...two teens in the building were helpful in assisting others out of the house.

HARTFORD, CONN., December 18, 2013 – The American Red Cross is helping 17 people – four adults and 13 children – in three families after an early morning fire in Hartford on Edgewood Street.

The Red Cross is providing all the displaced families with help for emergency housing, food and clothing needs. The displaced children were provided with stuffed animal toys.

Red Cross volunteers Karl Kuhn, Sandra Sorel-Leduc and Larry Winnick responded to assist the families. Sorel-Leduc said that she was especially impressed with the efforts of two teens displaced by the fire. “Talking with the families after the fire, we learned that two teens in the building were helpful in assisting others out of the house. What they did was especially brave and important in getting everyone out safely.”

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. 

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