NEW HARTFORD — Twenty-one residents have been displaced due to the New Hartford House fire, which happened on Tuesday, Aug. 10.
The residents of the building were not hurt in the fire, but all 21 residents lost their belongings in the fire. According to Town Administrative Assistant Christine Hayward, The Red Cross is assisting the tenants of the building.
“The Red Cross has been phenomenal throughout this whole event,” Hayward said. “They have been on-site and taking down the names of the tenants and helping us find temporary housing for them. They have been given some money to get a few things. But the long-term is what is going to be a problem.”
Hayward said that the town will be having a meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 11 with the displaced tenants to find out exactly what they need.
“We don’t need a lot of stuff right now because they don’t have a place to put it,” she said. “Right now they need gift cards and cash so they can get the things they need to get through the next week or so. They came out from the fire with only the clothing on their back. No shoes. Nothing.”
Hayward said that Northwest Community Bank is accepting donations for those displaced by the fire.
The bank is accepting gift cards, cash, and checks made out to the “Neighbor to Neighbor” fund.
“If you write out a check make sure you put ‘New Hartford Fire Victims’ in the memo field,” Hayward said.
She added that both New Hartford Town Hall and Barden Farms Market will also be accepting donations once they open up again.