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ROBIN ERICKSON
Director of Communications

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Thursday, October 31, 2002
Red Cross Assists Four Children in Fatal East Providence Fire

American Red Cross of Rhode Island workers visited with family and neighbors of the victims of a fire Wednesday night at 103 Glenrose Drive in East Providence.

One adult died in the blaze and a second adult is in the hospital this morning. Four children are staying with a neighbor and being cared for by family and friends.

The Red Cross brought four Ty teddy bears to the children, and provided the caregivers with vouchers for groceries, clothing, winter coats and shoes.

"The children escaped the fire with only their pajamas, so we are providing a replacement of their clothing," Sarah Bilofsky, Director of Communications, said.

Red Cross workers also spoke with the caregivers about providing mental health services to the children, family or neighbors, if needed.

"In a situation like this, they may need some counseling soon, but it could take a few days, so we wanted them to know it was available," Bilofsky added.

This is the 122nd incident the Red Cross has responded to this year.

To make a contribution to the Red Cross, call 401.831.7700 or visit www.riredcross.org to make a secure credit card donation.

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