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Red Cross Helps 10 People After Torrington Fire

The Red Cross is helping with emergency housing, food, clothing and baby needs.

TORRINGTON, CONN., November 18, 2014 – The American Red Cross is helping 10 people – seven adults and three children in four families – after a fire today on Main Street in Torrington.

Four adults and two children in two families received help with emergency housing, food and clothing needs. A family of two adults and one infant received help with emergency housing, food, clothing and baby needs. A single adult received help with emergency food and clothing needs.

The displaced children all received stuffed animal toys. Snacks and water were provided at the scene to the residents.

Red Cross volunteers Amy Thomas and Jon Seaman responded to the scene to assist the families.

The Red Cross is also providing comfort kits containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving supplies and other items residents might not have been able to gather in the rush to escape the fire.

“Today was the first very cold day of the season,” said American Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman. “We are especially grateful to the volunteers who worked so hard and the donors who made it possible to provide these families a safe, warm place to stay and help with basic clothes and food needs to get them on the road to recovery.” Shipman also noted that the onset of cold weather can mean increased fire risk. “This is the time of year we remind people to use extra caution as they heat their homes. Maintain your heating equipment and be careful using space heaters. Keep them away from curtains, upholstery and other flammable items and don’t leave space heaters running unattended.”

American Red Cross disaster assistance is free of charge, a gift made possible by generous donations and the work of volunteers.