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Red Cross Helps 34 People After Monday Fires in Five Cities

The Red Cross is helping 34 people with emergency needs.

FARMINGTON, CONN., August 12, 2014 – The American Red Cross is helping 34 people after fires Monday in Stamford, Norwalk, Norwich, Hartford and Waterbury.

The Red Cross is helping a family of five adults with emergency housing, food and clothing needs after a fire Monday on New England Drive in Stamford. Red Cross team members Kristen Binau, Donna Getruer and Stephen Henderson responded to assist the family. Above is a photo of Donna Getruer, center and Stephen Henderson, right, assisting a client from the New England Drive fire.

In Norwalk, the Red Cross is assisting nine people after a multi-unit fire on Larsen Street. The Red Cross provided nine adults with emergency food needs. Four of the nine residents also required emergency housing assistance.

Red Cross volunteers Mike Vincelli, Angela McCabe and Stephen Henderson responded to assist the residents. This was Henderson’s second fire response in one day. Team Leader Mike Vincelli praised both volunteers and noted Henderson’s dedication in making two responses in one day.

In Norwich, the Red Cross is helping two people with emergency food and clothing needs after a Monday fire on Nashua Street. Red Cross volunteers Donna Hathaway and Ira and Ginny Haas responded to assist the residents.

In Hartford, the Red Cross is helping 14 people – seven adults and seven children in three families after a Monday fire on Maple Avenue in Hartford. The Red Cross is providing the families with help for emergency housing, food and clothing needs. Red Cross team members Karl Kuhn, Larry Berman and Rhonda Leonard responded to assist the families.

In Waterbury, the Red Cross is helping four people – three adults and one child in two families – with emergency needs after a fire Monday on Elliott Avenue. One family of one adult and one child received help with emergency food and clothing needs. A family of two adults received help with emergency food and household needs. Red Cross volunteers John Lennon and Joe Cozza responded 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 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.