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Red Cross helping 15 displaced by Bridgeport fire

September 18, 2018

BRIDGEPORT-The American Red Cross is assisting 15 people from five families displaced by a fire that tore through a Huntington Road home early Monday evening.

“We got there pretty quickly,” said Deputy Fire Chief Ronald Rolfe. “Engine 10 and Ladder 10 were returning from a call and they were able to get inside and aggressively fight the fire from the interior.

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation. It is believed to have begun in a second floor bedroom.

Nearly 35 firefighters assigned to four ladder trucks, four engine companies and a rescue truck were on the scene commanded by Deputy Chief William Hathaway were on the scene, Rolfe said. It was extinquished in a half hour.

“We were able to keep it from extending beyond the third floor exterior,” Rolfe said. “The building is unliveable but is repairable.”

Rolfe said people were living on all of the two-and-a half story wood frame building. An adjacent home suffered minor damage from the flame’s heat.

Rolfe said the The American Red Cross was contacted.

Ciara DiVita of the Red Cross said they are helping eight adults and seven children from five families living in the home.

Responders included: Jennifer Gillis, Julie Cataniapizighelli, Paula Marker, Mike Vincelli and Piush Kumar.

DiVita said the Red Cross is providing comfort kits containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant; shaving supplies and other items—all of which are often unable to be gathered by residents fleeing a burning building. In addition, a recovery envelope containing information helpful to families recovering from a fire, including tips on cleanup; notification of important contacts; dealing with damaged items and more was provided, she said.

Those affected will meet with Red Cross caseworkers in the coming days to work on a longer-term recovery plan. The Red Cross relies on donations and volunteers to assist victims.

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