Tuesday, November 26, 2002
Director of Communications
(401) 831-7700 x101
Red Cross Responds to Warwick Fire --
Two Adults and Three Children Left Homeless by Blaze
American Red Cross of Rhode Island volunteers were called to the scene of an afternoon fire today at 48 Troy Street in Warwick.
One family --- a total of two adults and three children --- were evacuated from the structure. No one was hurt.
The American Red Cross is providing the family with hotel accommodations and
meals tonight. They will meet with Red Cross caseworkers tomorrow to discuss long-term needs.
This is the 159th fire the Red Cross has responded to in 2002.
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.