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Thirteen People Get Help After Weekend Fires

The Red Cross is helping with emergency housing, food and clothing needs.

FARMINGTON, CONN., January 26, 2014 – The American Red Cross is helping 13 people after fires Friday and Saturday in Thompson, Griswold and Norwich.

In Thompson the Red Cross is helping three adults with emergency food and clothing needs after a fire on Quaddick Town Farm Road on Friday. Red Cross volunteers Bill Poirier and Eldon Griffiths responded to assist the family.

The Red Cross is helping a family of three adults and two children with food and clothing needs after a fire Saturday on Rixstown Road in Griswold. Red Cross team members Sue Bolen and Fred Bolen responded to assist the family.

The Red Cross is helping five adults and two children in two families after a fire Saturday on Railroad Avenue in Norwich. A family of two adults and two children are getting help with emergency housing and food needs. An adult in a second residence is receiving help with emergency housing, food and clothing needs. Red Cross volunteers Ronald Hathaway, Dawn Davis, Bernadette Erie and Don Richmond responded to assist the families.

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. 

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