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Red Cross Responds to Meriden Fire; Shelter Open

Our hearts go out to residents displaced today and our thoughts are with two injured firefighters.

MERIDEN, CONN., May 9, 2015 – The American Red Cross is responding to a multi-unit apartment fire that occurred earlier Saturday at Crown Village on Crown Street in Meriden. Red Cross workers have been at the scene for several hours assisting families with emergency housing and other needs as a result of the fire. The Red Cross has opened a shelter in the community center at Crown Village where 12 people from three families are currently being housed. The Red Cross has met with residents from 14 of the 22 units in the affected building and will meet with the additional families tomorrow, said Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman. “Some families left the scene today, having made alternate arrangements for housing. We will follow up with all families and meet tomorrow with those we have not yet seen.” Red Cross workers have so far met with 14 families totaling 35 people.

Shipman said the Red Cross was working to help families with basic needs in the wake of the fire, including such items as clothing and food. The Red Cross will assess additional needs with families on Sunday.

“Our hearts go out to the residents who have been displaced today and our thoughts are also with two firefighters who were injured fighting the blaze,” Shipman said.


The American Red Cross has launched a campaign to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25% in five years. There are two actions you can take to substantially reduce the risk of death or injury in a home fire.

Install smoke alarms: Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a fire in half. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home inside bedrooms and sleeping areas. The Red Cross offers a program to install FREE smoke alarms in your home and provide additional fire safety information. Call 1-877-287-3327 and press option one to request a home fire safety visit or register for a visit at

Practice fire drills at home: Fire experts agree that you may have as little as 2 minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out. Use this Home Fire Escape Plan worksheet to plan your evacuation and practice it at least twice a year as a family.

Learn more about the Red Cross home fire prevention campaign.

Fire takes everything. It takes security. It takes safety, dignity and routine. Help the Red Cross give back what fire takes – the items that provide safety and comfort.