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Red Cross Emergency Shelter opened in Hartford after large fire

HARTFORD, CONN., July 28, 2015 – The American Red Cross is helping 25 Hartford residents from 11 families after a large fire on 619 Park Street in Hartford. The shelter is at Pope Park Recreational Center in Hartford.

Responders included Rick Knight, Carey Harmon, Jon Basso, Pat Welch, Pat Calcinari, Jan Bertolo, Bob Bertolo, Cat Ahlberg, Ginny Brezza and Peter Zera. Team deployed by Ginger Flynn.

The Red Cross worked with the City of Hartford to provide a safe place to stay and food for those affected by this fire. Work will continue today to ensure that all emergency needs are taken care of, such as any needs for food, clothing, medical needs and casework services. Red Cross expects to close the shelter later today after emergency housing is coordinated with the city.The Red Cross will also provide comfort kits containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving supplies and other items a resident might not have been able to gather in the rush to escape the fire. An envelope will also be provided with information helpful to families recovering from a fire, including tips on cleanup; notification of important contacts; dealing with damaged items and more.


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.

FREE smoke alarms available: 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. Visit to request a safety visit, or call 1-877-287-3327 and press option 1.

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.