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Red Cross Responds to Bridgeport Factory Fire

The Red Cross provided food and drink for first responders and evacuees and housing for 13 people.

BRIDGEPORT, CONN., September 12, 2014 – The American Red Cross responded last night to the scene of a large factory fire on Seaview Avenue in Bridgeport. The team provided drinks and snacks to emergency responders at the scene to help keep them hydrated and energized. Because of the risk to homes in surrounding area, the City of Bridgeport opened an evacuation center at St. Ambrose Church on Boston Avenue. Approximately 40 area residents came to the shelter. The Red Cross was there to provide drinks and snacks to displaced residents.

At approximately 12:30 a.m., most residents were cleared to return to their homes. The Red Cross provided temporary housing for 13 people – 10 adults and three children in four families.

Red Cross volunteers Alan Burke, Jenn Gillis, Mark Rozelle, Ted Bresky and Mike Vincelli responded to the fire to support the feeding and shelter operations and work with the displaced families requiring assistance. They spent several hours at the scene.

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