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Red Cross Helping 19 People After Tuesday Fires

Thank you to the amazing volunteers who responded to the fires Tuesday and throughout the year.

FARMINGTON, CONN., December 31, 2014 – After an active day on Tuesday with fires in Columbia, Thomaston and Windham, the American Red Cross is helping 19 people in 10 families.

In Windham, the Red Cross is helping nine adults in six families after a fire overnight on Windham Center Road in Windham. The residents received help with emergency clothing and food needs. None of the residents required housing assistance as they were able to make alternative arrangements.

An additional single adult was not at the scene when assistance was provided, but the Red Cross will follow up with assistance as needed, said Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman. Red Cross team members James Hendricks, Michelle Hendricks, Sue Bolen, Fred Bolen, Don Richmond and Bill Dermis responded to assist the residents.

In Thomaston, the Red Cross is providing help with emergency housing, food and clothing needs to seven people - four adults and three children in two families - after a fire today on Litchfield Street. The children were also provided stuffed animal toys. Red Cross volunteers Nicki Collins, Art Hopkins, Gabe Gillotti and Jaye Markwell responded to assist the residents.

In Columbia, the Red Cross is helping a family of three – two adults and one child – with emergency food and clothing needs after a fire on Route 6. Red Cross volunteers James Hendricks, Eva Csejtey and Cary Mike Johnson 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.

“Thank you to the amazing volunteers who responded to the fires Tuesday and throughout the year,” Shipman said. “We respond to an average of nearly 700 disasters each year in Connecticut. We could not do it without the help of volunteers and the support of donors.”