Red Cross Operating Shelter After Saturday Fire in Manchester

We will work with residents today to determine their needs after the fire.

MANCHESTER, CONN., OBTOBER 13, 2013 – The American Red Cross is operating a shelter at the Manchester Senior Center after fire displaced families from multiple apartments on Main Street Saturday night.

The Red Cross responded at approximately 9:30PM on Saturday and opened a shelter at the Senior Center, where a meal was provided for the displaced residents and where 16 people spent the night. Red Cross workers continue to support the shelter today and are meeting one-on-one with displaced families today to determine their needs in the wake of the fire.

“We thank the volunteers who responded last night and who are on the scene today, working to house and support the displaced residents,” said American Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman. “We will work with residents throughout the day today and will monitor the situation to determine housing needs for Sunday night.”

Shipman said that, in addition to food being provided by the American Red Cross, that Highland Park Market donated food served to residents last night at the shelter. “An order for food for the shelter was placed to Highland Market and was delivered without a bill. We appreciate Highland Park Market’s donation to support neighbors in need,” Shipman said.

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