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Stratford family bundles up inside their home after furnace breaks

The family says things have been difficult for them recently as their furnace broke down a month ago, forcing them to bundle up to keep warm.

News 12 Staff

Feb 3, 2023, 10:41 PM

Updated 500 days ago

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A Stratford family is struggling as the biting cold temperatures hit the region.
Greg and Leighann Rose, of Stratford, have two children who both have special needs: 12-year-old Greg has attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism and 8-year-old Kayla has spina bifida.
Greg Rose has been out of work since October when his job let him go.
The family says things have been difficult for them recently as their furnace broke down a month ago, forcing them to bundle up to keep warm.
Greg Rose said he was told it would cost at least $525, which he says he does not have.
"It's very hard because he doesn't have a job right now, and I'm on disability, so it's very hard," said Leighann Rose.
For now, the couple says they're using an electric fireplace and admit they sometimes even use the stove.
After applying for help Friday from the Bridgeport nonprofit Alliance, the couple is hoping to somehow get their furnace back up and running soon.
Alliance says they sent a technician to the house Friday to evaluate the situation and see if they can help.


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