A fund raiser has been set up to help the families affected in the fatal fire on High Street last Friday.
Donations can be made to High Street House Fire Fund; c/o Webster Bank, 150 Main St., Bristol, CT 06010
All monies received will be divided equally among all the families
Donors also can stop at any Webster Bank in Bristol and make a deposit to the “High Street House Fire Fund”.
Two people died in the early morning blaze at 29 High St. last Friday.
In the wake of the fire, Councilors Mary Fortier and Ellen Zoppo-Sassu, who represent the High Street area, issued the following statement:
“We were saddened to wake up this morning to hear that 2 Federal Hill residents lost their lives in a structure fire on High Street overnight. Our thoughts and prayers are with their friends and families.”
“With so many older structures, some dating to the late 1800s, fire is a major concern in neighborhoods with older housing stock,” stated Fortier in the written statement. “It is one of the reasons the Bristol Federal Hill Association spearheaded raising money for the Fire Department to acquire thermal imaging helmets a decade ago. As someone who experienced a fire at our home, I know how traumatic an experience it is.”
“With so much code enforcement activity on High Street this past year, I had a sick feeling in my stomach this morning when I heard the news,” stated Zoppo-Sassu in the written statement. “Had we missed something, was there something that hadn’t been done in a timely fashion? While 29 High St. was not a targeted property, the tragedy underscores the importance of fire alarms, smoke detectors and having an escape plan for everyone – the elderly, people living alone as well as families and children. I urge everyone to have a conversation about what to do if a fire were to occur, and establish a meeting place outside of the home.”
The councilors said in their joint statement: “Our thoughts are also with the Police and Fire department members who were the first responders to the scene, who bravely entered the fully engaged structure fire, and administered CPR to the victims. They perform a difficult job under horrific conditions, and we appreciate and value their professionalism.”