NEW BRITAIN, CONN., January 30, 2014 – The American Red Cross is helping 10 people – nine adults and one child in four households – after a multi-unit fire earlier today on East Street in New Britain.
Three adults in one unit rececived help with emergency clothing needs.
A family of two adults and one child received help with emergency food and clothing needs, as well as baby items.
Two families totaling four adults received help with emergency food and clothing needs.
The property manager provided help with alternate housing arrangements.
Red Cross team members Karl Kuhn, Val Ramos, Pat Calcinari, Robin Saunders, Ann Marie Braun and Janice Bertolo responded to assist the residents.
Red Cross Emergency Services Director Pat Calcinari, thanked a nearby business, Sanson, Inc., for opening their showroom to allow displaced residents a place to keep warm while working Red Cross team members. Calcinari also thanked Central Connecticut State University Student Affairs for quickly responding to the scene to help some of the residents who were university students. Calcinari also commended Campus View Apartments property management for quickly arranging housing for displaced residents. “It was wonderful to have community support of this response when neighbors needed help,” Calcinari said. “And, as always, we’re grateful to the first responders who put their own lives on the line to protect others.”
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.