Red Cross Helping 17 People After Weekend Fires

The Red Cross is providing help with emergency needs.

FARMINGTON, CONN., February 2, 2014 – The American Red Cross is helping 17 people in seven families after fires in Norwalk, Norwich, Manchester and Ashford between Friday and Sunday.

In Ashford, the Red Cross is providing one person with help for emergency clothing and food needs after a fire Sunday on Westford Hill Road. Volunteers James Hendricks, Doreen Brown and Billy Wong responded to assist the resident.

In Manchester, the Red Cross is helping six people – four adults and two children in three families – with emergency housing and food needs after a fire Sunday on Spruce Street. The displaced children were provided stuffed animal toys. Red Cross volunteers Steve Pintavalle, Robert Jeram, Pat Jeram and Marty Ramos responded to assist the families.

In Norwich, the Red Cross is helping six people in two families after a fire Saturday on Boswell Avenue in Norwich. A family of three adults and one child received help with emergency housing, food and baby needs. A family of two adults received help with emergency food needs. Red Cross volunteers Dave Beatty and Bruce Adams responded to assist the families.

In Norwalk, the Red Cross is assisting a family of three adults and one child with emergency housing, food and clothing needs after a fire Friday on Sheridan Street. Red Cross volunteers Mike Vincelli and Angela McCabe responded to assist the family.

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