Red Cross in CT Helping 37 People After Weekend Fires

Thirty-seven people got help with basic emergency needs this weekend, thanks to our volunteers.

FARMINGTON, CONN., AUGUST 26, 2013 – The American Red Cross is helping 37 people after a series of fires since Thursday in New Britain, New London, New Milford, New Haven, Hartford and Stamford.

The Red Cross is helping a family of one adult and two children after a fire Thursday on Cherry Street in New Britain. The Red Cross is providing help with emergency food and clothing needs, as well as stuffed toys for the affected children. The family did not require housing assistance.

The Red Cross is helping a family of one adult and two children with emergency clothing needs after a fire on Friday, August 23, on Montauk Avenue in New London. The family did not require housing assistance.

The Red Cross is helping a family of four adults and one child after a fire on Friday, August 23, in New Milford at Aspetuck Village. The Red Cross is providing help with emergency food and clothing needs and a stuffed toy for the displaced child. The family was able to make alternative housing arrangements.

The Red Cross workers at the scene left Red Cross recovery and assistance information at nearby housing units in the event additional families required help.

The Red Cross is helping 11 adults and one child in five families with emergency housing, food and clothing needs after a fire Sunday night, August 25, on Norton Street in New Haven. The Red Cross also provided a stuffed toy for the affected child.

The Red Cross is helping a family of three adults and five children after a fire early Monday morning, August 26, on Rockville Street in Hartford. The Red Cross is providing help with emergency housing, food and clothing needs, as well as stuffed toys for the displaced children.

The Red Cross is helping five adults and two children in two families with emergency housing, food and clothing needs after a fire early Monday morning, August 26, in Stamford on Reynolds Avenue.

The Red Cross is also providing all the displaced residents with 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.

"Thirty-seven people got help with basic emergency needs this weekend, thanks to our volunteers," said American Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman. "It is volunteers and donors that make this help possible."

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