Wednesday, January 23, 2002
Director of Communications
(401) 831-7700 x101
Red Cross Assisting Victims of Last Night's
Federal Hill Fire -- Six Adults and an Alligator Evacuated from Vinton Street
American Red Cross disaster volunteers responded to a fire at 41 Vinton Street, in Providence's Federal Hill
neighborhood, last night around 11:30pm.
Six adults --- five are local college students --- were evacuated from the three-story home, along with a pet alligator.
The American Red Cross provided emergency shelter and meals for the victims. The alligator is staying with a friend of the owner.
All six victims will meet with American Red Cross caseworkers today to determine long-term needs.
This is the 10th fire the American Red Cross has responded to this month ---
and the second fire in Providence's Federal Hill neighborhood.
In 2001, the American Red Cross of Rhode Island assisted 379 Rhode Island families,
who were victims of fires, spending over $200,000.00 in emergency services.
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.