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ROBIN ERICKSON
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Monday, January 6, 2003
Red Cross Assisting 29 People Following Back-To-Back Weekend Fires -- Asking Rhode Islanders to Make a Donation to Help Families

Rhode Island Red Cross disaster volunteers were busy this weekend assisting seven families displaced by fires in Central Falls and Providence.

"Whenever we face back-to-back fires, where the number of victims is in double-digits, that creates a financial concern," Barbara E. McGann, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross of Rhode Island, said. "December was a busy month for the Red Cross; now we are starting off the year with two large-scale fires. We realize it is tough right after the holidays, but we're hoping Rhode Islanders will dig deep and make a contribution to assist local fire victims."
The first blaze occurred early Sunday morning at 150 Tremont Street in Central Falls. Four families were evacuated from the triple-decker. The Red Cross has provided shelter and meals to all of the families. Three of the families also received clothing, due to the extent of the damage.

A total of 15 people --- 14 adults and one infant --- were displaced by the fire.

Red Cross volunteers were called to a second fire early Monday morning at 26 Academy Ave. in Providence. Three families were evacuated from the structure --- a total of six adults and eight children.

The Red Cross has provided shelter and meals for one family. Two additional families are staying with friends and receiving groceries from the Red Cross.

In 2002, the American Red Cross of Rhode Island provided over 1,000 Rhode Islanders with emergency food, clothing and shelter --- free of charge. To make a contribution to assist local disaster victims, call 401.831.7700 or visit www.riredcross.org to make a secure credit card donation on-line.

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