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Red Cross Helps 10 People After Waterbury, Hartford Fires

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

FARMINGTON, CONN., November 26, 2014 – The American Red Cross is helping 10 people in three families after fires today in Waterbury and Hartford.

In Waterbury, the Red Cross is helping one adult with emergency food and clothing needs after a fire on Oakville Avenue. Red Cross volunteers were at the scene to potentially help people displaced from 30 units, but the building owner was able to return nearly all residents to their homes. The single adult requiring Red Cross assistance was provided temporary housing by the building owner. Red Cross volunteers John Seaman, Joe Cozza and Art Hopkins responded to assist the residents.

In Hartford, the Red Cross is assisting nine people – four adults and five children in two families – with emergency housing, food and clothing needs, as well as stuffed animal toys for the displaced children after a fire on Prospect Avenue. Red Cross volunteers Gladys Kielb, Jon Basso and Anne Marie Braun responded to assist the residents.

In the case of both fires, the Red Cross is also providing comfort kits containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving supplies and other items a resident 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.  For more information about the Red Cross and how you can help, visit