Monday, May 6, 2002
Director of Communications
(401) 831-7700 x101
Red Cross Responds to Three Fires Over the
Weekend; Providing Services for 28 Providence Residents
The American Red Cross of Rhode Island responded to three fires over the weekend in Providence,
providing emergency services for 28 city residents:
- The first fire occurred Friday evening, May 3rd at 54-56 Lancashire Rd.,
Providence. Two families --- four adults and two children --- received lodging, meals and clothing.
- On Saturday morning, May 4th, the Red Cross was called to the scene at 50
Belleview Ave. in Providence. Three families --- 11 adults and 4 children --- were assisted with lodging and meals. One family also received clothing.
- A third fire occurred Sunday evening at 6 Audrey St. in Providence. Two
families --- 3 adults and 4 children --- were assisted. One family received groceries, and stayed with friends, while a second family received lodging, meals and clothing.
Including these three incidents, American Red Cross of Rhode Island has responded to 56 fires this year.
In 2001, the American Red Cross of Rhode Island assisted 379 Rhode Island families
displaced by fire, 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.