Tuesday, April 23, 2002
Director of Communications
(401) 831-7700 x101
Red Cross Responds to Third Fire in 24-Hour
Period -- Grove Street Blaze Leaves 17 People Homeless
The American Red Cross of Rhode Island was called to the scene of an afternoon fire at 281 Grove Street in Providence.
Three families --- 9 adults and 8 children --- were assisted by the Red Cross,
receiving emergency lodging in a local motel, as well as clothing and meals.
This is the third fire the Red Cross has responded to in the last 24 hours, and it is the 47th fire this year where the Rhode Island Chapter has provided assistance to
families in need.
At about 12:30am this morning, Red Cross volunteers provided two families with
emergency lodging and meals, following a fire at 181 Parady Ave. in Woonsocket.
Then, at 5:30am, volunteers were called again to 120 Hawkins Street. One adult required hotel and lodging.
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.