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Thursday, May 8, 2002
Red Cross Responds to Overnight Fire in Providence; One Person Evacuated From Home on Wendell Street

American Red Cross of Rhode Island disaster volunteers were called to the scene of a fire overnight at 11 Wendell Street in Providence. One victim --- an adult --- was evacuated from the home.

Due to the extent of the damage, the victim is receiving lodging, meals and clothing --- free of charge --- from the American Red Cross of Rhode Island.

This is the 57th fire the Red Cross has responded to in 2002 and the fourth fire in a row that has occurred in Providence.

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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