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Red Cross Helping 21 People After Plainfield, Willimantic Fires

Thank you to all the volunteers who worked to make these two simultaneous fire responses happen.

The American Red Cross responded this afternoon to a multi-unit fire at the Lawton House, a senior apartment complex on Babcock Avenue in Plainville. The fire displaced 21 residents, who were temporarily housed at Plainfield Town Hall. The Red Cross provided food for the residents, family members and others involved at the scene in the temporary reception center and the Salvation Army provided beverages. Town officials, the Police Department and the Fire Department worked to assure the safe relocation of residents.

“It has been a wonderful partnership,” said American Red Cross Senior Director of Emergency Services Sue Rochester Bolen. “Everyone worked together to make sure the residents were safe, warm and well cared for. The town of Plainfield has made this a tremendously smooth emergency response.”

The Red Cross provided 18 people in 17 families with help for emergency clothing and food needs. The Lawton House building management is providing housing for the residents.

Red Cross team members Fred Bolen, Cathy Wallace, Philip Brown, Eldon Griffiths and Linda Joly assisted the residents.

 “On the coldest day we’ve seen in years, this fire could have been tragic,” Bolen said. “But everyone worked together to make a real difference for the people affected by this emergency.”

While the team was working to help the Plainfield residents, Red Cross volunteers James Hendricks and William Root responded to a fire in Willimantic on North Street, where a family of three – one adult and two children – was displaced. The Red Cross provided help with emergency food and clothing needs. The family was able to make alternate housing arrangements.

“Thank you to all the volunteers who worked to make these two simultaneous fire responses happen and to meet the needs of their neighbors,” Bolen said.

While the team was working to help the Plainfield residents, Red Cross volunteers James Hendricks and William Root responded to a fire in Willimantic on North Street, where a family of three – one adult and two children – was displaced. The Red Cross provided help with emergency food and clothing needs. The family was able to make alternate housing arrangements. 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. 

“Thank you to all the volunteers who worked to make these two simultaneous fire responses happen and to meet the needs of their neighbors,” Bolen said.

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