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ROBIN ERICKSON
Director of Communications

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Thursday, March 6, 2003
American Red Cross Responds to Newport Fire -- 28 People Assisted By Red Cross Since Saturday

American Red Cross of Rhode Island volunteers were called to the scene of a fire last night in Newport at 429 Spring Street.

The Red Cross provided hotel accommodations for two adults who were evacuated from the structure.

This is the fifth fire the Red Cross has responded to since Saturday --- three of the fires have been in Newport. The Red Cross has provided 28 people with emergency services as a result of the fires.

The fires include:

  • Saturday, 3/1: 60 Sims Street, Newport
  • Monday, 3/3: 314 Vaugh Hollow Road, Coventry
  • Tuesday, 3/4: 37 Walnut Street, Newport
  • Wednesday, 3/5: 131 Washington Street, West Warwick
  • Wednesday, 3/5: 429 Spring Street, Warwick

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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