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ROBIN ERICKSON
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Tuesday, April 9, 2002
Red Cross Responds to 6th Fire this Month -- Early Morning Blaze in Providence Leaves 6 People In Red Cross Care

In what has been a busy month so far for the American Red Cross of Rhode Island, disaster volunteers responded to the 6th fire in April early this morning, at 217 Plainfield Street in Providence.

Six adults and two children were evacuated from the multi-family home. The Rhode Island Red Cross is currently providing four adults and two children with emergency hotel lodging and meals. Two additional adults are staying with family. All eight of the victims are expected to visit with Red Cross caseworkers today.

One victim required oxygen at the scene and Red Cross volunteers were able to contact Visiting Nurse Services to procure the oxygen for the individual.

This is the 45th fire the American Red Cross of Rhode Island has responded to in 2002.

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.

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