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ROBIN ERICKSON
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Thursday, November 14, 2002
Red Cross Assisting at Providence Fire -- Ten People Evacuated --- More Expected to Need Help

American Red Cross of Rhode Island volunteers are on the scene of a multi-unit fire at 65 Ledge Street in Providence at this hour. Four families --- a total of seven adults and three children --- are currently being assisted with Red Cross hotel accommodations and meals. One adult victim was hospitalized for minor injuries.

Because of the time of the day, many of the building's residents are not home and the Red Cross expects to provide additional aid later this evening. Residents include several college students. One of the families evacuated had just moved into the property two days ago.

Firefighters were able to save a cat, who was not moving when it was rescued from the building.

This is the 127th fire the American Red Cross of Rhode Island has responded to in 2002 and the third fire this 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.

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