Monday, July 21, 2003
Director of Communications
(401) 831-7700 x101
American Red Cross of Rhode Island responds to
two fires Monday afternoon
Rhode Island Red Cross volunteers responded to two fires Monday afternoon. At 2:00 pm, volunteers were
called to the scene of a fire at 100 Whipple Avenue in Warwick. The family was not in need of Red Cross assistance.
While on scene in Warwick, volunteers were called to 421 Broad Street in
Cumberland, where a two-family residence was ablaze. A total of 9 people – 6 adults and 3 children – were left homeless by the fire and therefore required
assistance. The Red Cross provided both families with shelter, food, clothing and infant formula.
Over the weekend, volunteers were on scene Saturday afternoon at 847-849
Elmwood Avenue in Providence for a triple-decker fire. Eleven people in all – 9 adults and 2 children – required food and shelter from the American Red Cross of Rhode Island.
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.