Tuesday, April 23, 2002
Director of Communications
(401) 831-7700 x101
American Red Cross Responds to Two Fires --
Families Displaced in Woonsocket, Providence
American Red Cross of Rhode Island disaster volunteers responded to two fires during the night,
providing emergency services to a total of five individuals.
At about 12:30am, 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.
Additional families, who had stayed with relatives, are expected to visit Red Cross
headquarters today to receive additional services.
This is the 46th and 47th fire the American Red Cross 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.