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Monday, February 14, 2005
Red Cross assisting 21 Newport residents affected by today's fire -- RI Chapter has unusually busy weekend, assisting 45 people displaced from weekend fires

The American Red Cross, RI Chapter is currently on the scene of an early morning house fire at 7 Bayview Avenue in Newport. The Red Cross is assisting 21 people, including 3 children, with emergency food and shelter assistance.

Today's fire comes on the heels of several fires over the weekend, all happening within hours of each other. Three fires occurred in the overnight hours of Friday night one in Johnston, Providence and Central Falls. Volunteers were dispatched to each scene and provided emergency assistance to those families in need. In all, 17 people were assisted at the Joslin St fire in Providence, 1 adult was assisted at a small fire in Johnston and 6 were assisted at the Central Falls fire on 74 Sumner Avenue. 

These fires come at a busy time for the RI Chapter, as we struggle with the significant funding cut from United Way.  Despite our cut in funding, we have no choice but to respond to help those who lose everything in a fire.  Through our military services program, we continue to participate in each and every military deployment and there are more now than ever before.

The RI Chapter typically spends $1,000 per family of four that it assists. All Red Cross assistance is free, thanks to contributions from individuals and organizations. 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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