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ROBIN ERICKSON
Director of Communications

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Monday, July 1, 2002
Red Cross Assisting in Back to Back Fires in Providence

The American Red Cross is providing lodging and meals to one family, evacuated from a morning fire at 190 Harold Street in Providence.

Four adults and one child, who lived on the first floor, will be assisted. The mother of the child is currently hospitalized for smoke inhalation, according to Red Cross volunteers on the scene.

Families on the 2nd and 3rd floor, a total of five adults and two children did not require Red Cross services.

On Sunday evening, Red Cross volunteers were called to the scene of a triple-decker fire at 231 Laban Street in Providence. Three families --- eight adults and six children --- were evacuated from the home.

One family received hotel lodging, while the other two opted to stay with family or friends. All families received meals or groceries from the Red Cross as well as full clothing vouchers.

This morning's fire marks the 76th fire the 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.

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