Thursday, October 17, 2002
Director of Communications
(401) 831-7700 x101
Red Cross Assists Three in Providence Fire
American Red Cross of Rhode Island volunteers were called to the scene of a fire last evening in
Providence at 72 Orteoleva Drive. One family --- one adult and two children --- were displaced as a result of the blaze.
Red Cross volunteers provided the family with accommodations at a local hotel and
meals. The victims will meet with Red Cross caseworkers today to discuss long term needs.
This is the 114th incident the American Red Cross of Rhode Island has
responded to this year, and the second fire the Red Cross has responded to in Providence in the last week.
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.