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Red Cross Responds to Two Fires in Bristol

The Town stepped up to help residents at a difficult time.

February 7, 2014 – The American Red Cross responded to a fire today on Gaylord Street in Bristol. It was the second fire on the street in two days.

On February 6, the Red Cross responded to a multi-unit fire that displaced 34 people. Red Cross team members Rebecca Johnson, Pat Calcinari, Pat Welch, Gladys Kielb, Edward Wadowski and Brian Gervais responded and worked with town officials to assist residents. While needs were assessed, the Red Cross provided dinner to the residents. The Town of Bristol provided temporary housing to the displaced residents. Each was provided a comfort kit by the Red Cross, which contains personal care items a person might not have gathered from their home in the rush to escape the fire. In addition, one resident was provided Red Cross assistance for emergency clothing and food needs. Emergency Services Director Pat Calcinari said the response went smoothly due to a partnership between the Town of Bristol and the Red Cross. “We worked together to make sure residents’ needs were met. The Town stepped up to help residents at a difficult time.”

Today the Red Cross was back on Gaylord Street to provide assistance to a person displaced by fire this morning. The Red Cross is providing help with emergency housing and food needs, as well as a comfort kit of personal items. Red Cross volunteers Ginny Brezza and Brian Gervais responded to assist the displaced resident. “It’s certainly not typical to have two fires on one street in two days, but we are grateful to have the volunteers and resources to help when people need us,” Calcinari said. 

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