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ROBIN ERICKSON
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Thursday, March 6, 2003
Busy Week for Red Cross Continues -- Providence Fire Forces Twelve People From Home

American Red Cross disaster volunteers responded to a fire early this afternoon at 34 Osborne Street, off Chalkstone Blvd. in Providence.

Two families --- a total of six adults and six kids --- were evacuated from the triple-decker. The American Red Cross is providing the families with clothing and groceries. They are staying with friends.

A third family two adults --- were not home at the time of the fire.

This is the sixth fire the Red Cross has responded to this week. Since Saturday, 40 Rhode Islanders have received emergency services free of charge.

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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