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Red Cross Helping Families After Hartford Fire

The Red Cross is helping families with emergency needs.

HARTFORD, CONN., January 7, 2015 - The American Red Cross is helping 17 people – 14 adults and three children in nine families – after an early morning multi-family fire in Hartford on Capitol Avenue.

One adult is receiving help with emergency food and clothing needs.

Seven adults in five families received help with emergency food needs.

Six adults and three children in three families received help with emergency food and baby needs, as well as stuffed animal toys for the children.

American Red Cross Senior Director of Emergency Services Rebecca Johnson said the Red Cross expected that they will provide additional assistance to families affected by the fire. “Some building residents were not at the scene earlier today. As they return, we will be available to work with them to meet their basic needs after the fire.”

Johnson said the displaced residents received housing assistance from the City of Hartford. “The City has been an excellent partner with us in helping to meet the needs of residents in the wake of this and every fire in Hartford.”

Red Cross team members Larry Berman, Ginny Brezza, Pat Welch, Ann Marie Braun, Sandy Sorel-LeDuc, Pat Calcinari and Robin Saunders responded to assist the residents. “Thank you to all the Red Cross team members and partners from the City of Hartford who are helping these families begin their recovery.”

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.