Press Release: American Red Cross Helping 21 People After Weekend Fires in Waterbury, New Milford, New Haven, Danbury and Norwich.

FARMINGTON, CONN., January 5, 2014 – The American Red Cross is helping 21 people in 10 families after fires and a ceiling collapse over the weekend in Waterbury, New Milford, New Haven, Danbury and Norwich.

In Waterbury, the Red Cross is helping one adult with emergency clothing and food needs after a fire on Warner Street on Friday. Red Cross volunteers John Lennon and Amy Thomas responded to assist the resident.

In New Milford, the Red Cross is helping one adult with emergency housing needs after a ceiling collapse in an apartment on Chestnut Grove on Saturday. Red Cross volunteers John Lennon and Amy Thomas responded to assist the displaced resident.

In New Haven, the Red Cross is helping four adults in four units after a fire Saturday on Norton Street. Three adults received help with emergency housing and food needs. One adult received help with emergency housing, food and clothing needs. Red Cross volunteers Geoff Harris, Lionel Dunlap and Andrew Curtis responded to assist the residents.

In Danbury, the Red Cross is helping eight adults and three children in three families after a fire today on Golden Hill Avenue. All three families are receiving help with emergency housing and food needs. Red Cross volunteers Ed Briggs, Jim King, Betsy Kraushaar and MJ deBourbon responded to assist the families.

In Norwich, the Red Cross is helping a family of one adult and three children with emergency food needs after a fire this evening on East Main Street. Although the house was a multi-unit structure, the other units were vacant at the time of the fire. The family has alternate housing arrangements. Red Cross volunteers Ira Haas, Ginny Haas, Bruce Adams and David Beatty responded to assist the family.

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.

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