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ROBIN ERICKSON
Director of Communications

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Friday, October 25, 2002
Red Cross Responds to Morning Fire in Woonsocket -- Fourth Fire This Week --- Donations Sought

Red Cross volunteers were called to the scene of a fire this morning at 152 Burnside Ave. in Woonsocket. Four families --- a total of eight adults and one child --- were evacuated from the home.

The American Red Cross of Rhode Island is providing one family --- two adults and one child --- with meals, clothing and shelter. The other victims are staying with family members.

This is the 119th fire the American Red Cross has responded to this year and the fourth fire the Red Cross has been called to since Monday.

"This is the time of year when we start to see a spike in the number of house fires," Sarah Bilofsky, Director of Communications, said. "And when we have back-to-back fires, such as this week, it really creates a cash-flow strain on our organization. We want to be able to assist every family that needs our help, since we know that as cold weather continues, so will the frequency of fires."

It typically costs the American Red Cross about $1,000 per family of four that it assists. The Red Cross is not a government agency --- and depends on donations to fund its mission.

To make a contribution, log onto www.riredcross.org and click on DONATE NOW. Or, you can make a credit card contribution by calling the American Red Cross of Rhode Island at 401.831.7700.

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