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Red Cross Rhode Island Helping Four People After Portsmouth Fire


The American Red Cross is helping four people – three adults and one child – after a fire Friday morning on Oak Street in Portsmouth. The Red Cross is providing help with emergency food and clothing needs. The residents were able to make other arrangements for housing.

The Red Cross is also providing comfort kits, containing age and gender appropriate personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving supplies and other items a family might not have been able to gather in the rush to escape the fire. Children's kits include a stuffed toy.

American Red Cross disaster assistance is free of charge, a gift made possible by generous donations and the work of volunteers. For more information about the Red Cross and how you can help, visit

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