The American Red Cross is helping 20 people displaced by a major fire in New Haven on Dixwell Avenue. The Red Cross responded at approximately 4:00 p.m. Friday. A team of 10 Red Cross workers – most of them volunteers – spent several hours on-scene, providing canteen service for emergency responders and working with families displaced by the fire. For a period of time Friday evening, the Red Cross operated a reception center at nearby Calvary Baptist Church to assist building residents.
As of this evening, the Red Cross is providing temporary lodging, as well as financial assistance for emergency food, clothing and household needs for 20 people. Sarah Egan, Director of Response for the Connecticut Chapter, said the Red Cross will continue to work with families to make sure their immediate emergency-related needs.
American Red Cross disaster assistance is free of charge, a gift made possible by generous donations and the work of volunteers.