ENFIELD, CONN., December 10, 2014 – The American Red Cross is responding to a fire that occurred early today on South River Street in Enfield. Volunteers have been at the scene since early in the day when they provided hot beverages and snacks for the firefighters responding to the blaze. Red Cross volunteers have also been working with available residents to provide emotional support and to help them assess their immediate needs in the wake of the fire, said Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman.
“This has been a difficult and tragic fire. We have been available throughout the day to help the affected families and will continue to work with them in partnership with the Town of Enfield to meet their needs after this fire. Our hearts and thoughts are with the loved ones and friends of those who lost their lives today.”
Shipman said that the Red Cross provided one family of one adult and two children with emergency assistance for housing, food and clothing needs. The children were also provided stuffed animal toys. All the family members received comfort kits with personal care items. Shipman said that Red Cross volunteers are meeting this evening with members of a second family from the home but that details on the assistance they require was not yet available.