Wednesday, October 29, 2003
Director of Communications
(401) 831-7700 x101
RI Red Cross assisting residents of morning fires
-- 19 people displaced by two separate fires Wednesday morning
American Red Cross of Rhode Island volunteers were busy late Wednesday morning, responding to two
separate fires in Providence and Pawtucket. In total, 19 people - 15 adults and 4 children - were displaced by fire.
The first fire, at 239 Central Avenue in Pawtucket, displaced two families. Two
adults and two children required food, shelter, and clothing assistance. One of the families had an infant and required diapers and infant supplies as well.
Within minutes of the Pawtucket fire, volunteers were called to 6 Handy Street in
Providence to assist residents of a house fire. In all, 15 people from 3 families, including a 3-day old infant, required food and shelter assistance from the Red Cross.
This is the second time in one week volunteers responded to a fire on Central
Avenue in Pawtucket. On Monday, the Red Cross responded to a fire at 87 Central Avenue and provided shelter assistance to 7 residents.
The Red Cross of Rhode Island 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.