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ROBIN ERICKSON
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Monday, November 18, 2002
Red Cross Responds to Friday Night Fire in Pawtucket -- Twelve People Receive Assistance

American Red Cross of Rhode Island disaster volunteers were called to the scene of a major fire Friday night at 16 Barnes Street in Pawtucket.

Three families --- a total of six adults and six kids --- received food, clothing and hotel accommodations for the weekend from the Red Cross.

This is the 130th fire the Red Cross has responded to in 2002 and the second fire that occurred on Friday, November 15th. The first occurred Friday afternoon at 65 Ledge Street in Providence.

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 displaced.

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