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ROBIN ERICKSON
Director of Communications

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Thursday, July 18, 2002
Red Cross Responds to Fourth Fire in Three Days
Six People Displaced in Cranston this Morning

Responding to the tenth fire this month, the American Red Cross of Rhode Island assisted victims an early morning fire in Cranston today. One family was left homeless by the blaze, at 156 Chestnut Street, off Cranston Street. Three adults and three children were displaced.

The American Red Cross of Rhode Island is providing clothing, shoes and groceries to the family --- who will be staying with relatives in Massachusetts.

This is the 86th fire the Red Cross has responded to this year --- the tenth fire in July.

Since Tuesday's fire in East Providence, the Red Cross has responded to four fires, providing nearly 50 people with emergency services. The Red Cross is continuing to work with residents of Tuesday's fire at East Gate Apartments in East 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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