Monday, July 26, 2004
Director of Communications
(401) 831-7700 x101
RI Red Cross assisting 13 residents
displaced by two overnight fires
RI Red Cross volunteers were called to the scene of two fires late last evening. The first was at a
multi-family unit at 547 Coe Street in Woonsocket. Volunteers were called around 11:30 pm to assist the families on scene. In total, food and shelter
assistance was provided to 3 adults and 3 children. RI Red Cross volunteers spent their day Monday meeting with these families and helping them where needed.
Volunteers were called later that evening, at 3:00 am, to a fire at 2-4 Second
Street in Narragansett. Two families were affected and required Red Cross assistance. In all, 4 adults and 3 children were provided with food and shelter from the RI Red Cross.
These two fires follow on the heels of a busy day last week. On Thursday,
volunteers were called to a fire at 204 Chapin Avenue in Providence. That fire displaced a total of 15 people—7 of them children. All 15 residents required Red Cross food and shelter assistance.
On average, it costs the RI Red Cross $1,000 to assist a family of four with food,
clothing and shelter assistance. Many of the most recent fires have included several families at once. Assistance is free and is made possible thanks to
contributions from individuals and corporations. Charity events such as the Cat Country benefit concert held Thursday at Lincoln Park directly assists families in
need, such as those from last night's fires. That event raised $8,500 and will go a long way towards helping RI residents who suffer loss due to a house fire.
Visit www.riredcross.org for more information and to find out how you can help.