Thursday, July 3, 2003
Director of Communications
(401) 831-7700 x101
American Red Cross Responds
9am at 907 Main Street in Pawtucket
Rhode Island Red Cross volunteers arrived on scene at a fire-damaged apartment complex at 907 Main
Street in Pawtucket at 9:00 this morning. Five families were forced out of their homes—a total of 15 adults and 4 children. The Red Cross is providing
food and shelter accommodations for each of the 5 families over this extended holiday weekend.
This incident is the latest in a string of major summer fires to which the American Red Cross of Rhode Island has responded.
On Thursday, June 26th Red Cross volunteers answered the call for help at the Mill
Fire in Woonsocket where they assisted first responders and local families. Volunteers provided over 100 gallons of water to responders on scene due to the
combination of severe heat and heavy smoke. The Red Cross also provided shelter for 5 families who were evacuated from their neighboring homes due to smoke and
threat of toxic fumes. Local businesses generously provided ice, water, and food items to help in the relief effort.
On Tuesday, July 1st Red Cross volunteers responded to a multi-family dwelling,
also in Woonsocket, providing 14 adults and 5 children with food, clothing and shelter.
The Red Cross typically spends $1,000 per family of four that it assists. All Red Cross assistance is free,
thanks to contributions from individuals and organizations. The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on private donations to provide emergency assistance to Rhode Islanders in crisis.
Visit www.riredcross.org for more information and to find out how you can help.