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ROBIN ERICKSON
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Monday, April 14, 2003
Red Cross Responds to Three Fires This Weekend -- Blazes in Bristol and Providence Keep Volunteers Busy

The American Red Cross of Rhode Island responded to three fires this weekend, providing emergency services to 17 people.

On Saturday, April 12th, Red Cross volunteers were dispatched to 5 San Antonio Drive in Bristol. Eight people --- six adults and two children --- living in the one-family home received meals and clothing from the Red Cross. They are staying with relatives.

On Sunday, April 13th, the Red Cross responded to a fire at 87 Althea Street in Providence. Three families --- five adults and four children --- required Red Cross assistance. Hotel accommodations and meals were provided for all three families. One of the families also required clothing replacement.

Red Cross volunteers were dispatched to 89 Adelaide Ave. in Providence later on Sunday. Upon arrival, volunteers met with residents and determined that no services were required.

In 2003, American Red Cross of Rhode Island volunteers have responded to 84 emergencies, including those listed above. To date, 567 Rhode Islanders have received Red Cross emergency services.

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About the American Red Cross of Rhode Island
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. To become a Red Cross volunteer, call 401.831.7700 x116.

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