SHELTON, CONN., January 6, 2014 – The American Red Cross is helping 26 people – 25 adults and one child – in 21 families after an overnight fire in Shelton on Howe Avenue.
The Red Cross responded at approximately 7:30 a.m., working with displaced families that had been relocated to the Echo Hose Fire Station. The team spent the day at the scene, talking with building residents and providing assistance for emergency food and clothing needs. Most residents were able to make alternate housing arrangements. The Red Cross will be providing temporary lodging assistance to four adults. All the residents received financial assistance from the Red Cross for emergency food and clothing needs.
Red Cross Senior Emergency Services Director Susan Parker said the Red Cross would work with five additional residents when they are discharged from the hospital. “We will be here to help with their needs after this fire.”
Parker said that five volunteers assisted in the response today. “Our team was on scene until shortly after 4:00 p.m. to assist families. We will be back tomorrow at the fire station to support the distribution of items donated by the community to help the families,” Parker said. “The community response has been very strong.”
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.