New London – A candle started a fire early Wednesday morning, evicting eight people – including three children – from their home, according to firefighters.
Efforts are already being made to support displaced families over the holidays.
Firefighters responded to reports of a fire in a bedroom on the second floor of a three-family house on 39 Truman St. at around 5:30 a.m., according to the New London Fire Department.
An adult was screened for smoke inhalation on site but did not have to be rushed to hospital. No other casualties were reported, according to New London Fire Chief Thomas Curcio.
The fire was caused by a candle and has been classified as an accident, Curcio said. The damage was limited to the second floor of the house. First responders from the Waterford Fire Department, the Submarine Fire Department and the Groton Ambulance provided assistance on site.
The American Red Cross said Wednesday it was helping four families in the aftermath of the fire and providing assistance to meet their immediate needs, including “comfort kits” filled with items such as toothbrushes and deodorant.
Each of the families will be linked to a Red Cross clerk, the organization said.
Joseph Nott, a firefighter with the New London Fire Department, helps organize a toy drive for the displaced children.
Nott said the New London Firefighters Union has been running toy rides every Christmas season for about 21 years. Every year, he said, “they choose a few families to support in town, and we happen to have another toy drive this Saturday. Since this has just happened, we decided to support this family. “
He said the toy drive will ensure the children who were driven from the fire have plenty of presents to open on Christmas morning. “After this trip we should be able to fully organize your Christmas party for you this year.”
The toy action will take place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Whaling City Ford, 475 Broad St., New London. If you want to donate directly to the affected children, you can ask for Firefighter Nott on arrival.
In addition to toys, the firefighters will also collect gift cards for local restaurants to help families out during the time of their displacement, Nott said.