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ROBIN ERICKSON
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Friday, January 17, 2003
Red Cross Assists Families Displaced in North Providence Fire -- Shelter, Meals Provided

On the coldest night of the year thus far, three Red Cross volunteers traveled to 434 Woonasquatucket Ave. in North Providence last night to assist residents of an apartment complex who had suffered a fire.

A total of fifteen people were displaced as a result of the blaze. The Red Cross provided lodging for four victims --- the remaining eleven stayed with friends. Meals were provided for everyone.

This is the 12th fire the Red Cross has responded to in 2003. Since January 1st, 114 Rhode Islanders have received emergency services from the American Red Cross of Rhode Island.

In 2002, American Red Cross of Rhode Island volunteers responded to 189 fires, providing 1,179 Rhode Islanders with emergency food, clothing and shelter.

The Red Cross typically spends $1,000 per family of four it assists. All Red Cross assistance is free. The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on private donations to provide emergency assistance to Rhode Islanders in crisis.

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