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Red Cross Helps 11 People After Hartford Fires

Our thoughts and hearts are with the family of Firefighter Kevin Bell and with his colleagues.

HARTFORD, CONN. October 8, 2014 – The American Red Cross is helping 11 people – six adults and five children after fires in Hartford Tuesday on Maple Avenue and Blue Hills Avenue.

The Red Cross is helping a family of two adults and two children with emergency housing, food, clothing and baby needs, as well as providing stuffed animal toys to the affected children, after a fire on Maple Avenue. Red Cross volunteer Ginger Flynn assisted the family.

The Red Cross is helping four adults and three children in two families after a fire on Blue Hills Avenue.

One adult received help with emergency food and clothing needs. A family of three adults and three children received help with emergency housing, food and clothing needs, as well as stuffed animal toys for the affected children.

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

A City of Hartford firefighter died while fighting the blaze on Blue Hills Avenue. American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region CEO Mario Bruno said, “Our thoughts and hearts are with the family of Firefighter Kevin Bell and with his colleagues. We are honored to serve beside the brave men and women who rush into harm’s way to help others. We mourn the loss of this true hero.”

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