Ten people were displaced after a kitchen fire broke out in a unit of a Church Street apartment complex Sunday morning. According to Bridgeport Assistant Fire Chief Michael Caldaroni, firefighters were dispatched to the Crescenet Crossings complex, 160 Church St., at 10:49 a.m. Sunday. Upon arriving, crews found that a kitchen fire had occurred in one of the apartments and was extinguished by the automatic sprinkler system.
“A salvage operation was conducted by fire crews to limit the amount of damage,” Caldaroni said in an email. “The electricity was disconnected to the apartments involved and this necessitated the relocation of seven adults and three children.” The American Red Cross provided relocation services to those who needed relocation. The property management company called in maintenance employees and private contractors to make the necessary repairs. A fire investigator also responded to the scene to determine the cause of the fire. Nobody was injured.
According to a release from the Red Cross, the organization is also providing 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. 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.