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Red Cross Comes To Aid Of 10 Families After Condo Fire In Danbury

The damage from the lightning strike can be seen on the roof of this condo building at at 51 Candlelight Drive in Danbury.
The damage from the lightning strike can be seen on the roof of this condo building at at 51 Candlelight Drive in Danbury. Photo Credit: Mark Boughton via Twitter @MayorMark

DANBURY, Conn. — The American Red Cross is helping 10 families — with a total of 12 adults and three children — after a fire sparked by a lightning strike damaged nine condominiums at 51 Candlelight Drive in Danbury last week.

The Red Cross provided help with emergency housing, food and clothing, as well as infant supplies. Responders included Amy Thomas, John Lennon, Claudia Berry, Art Hopkins, Natalie Dos Santos and Edward Briggs.

The nine condominiums were damaged in a three-alarm fire last Thursday evening. Two residents saw the lightning hit the building at 51 Candlelight Drive as severe thunderstorms rolled through the area, firefighters said.

No injuries were reported in the blaze.

The Red Cross is also providing residents with 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.

Also provided was an envelope of information helpful to families recovering from a fire, including tips on cleanup; notification of important contacts; dealing with damaged items and more.

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