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American Red Cross Assisting After Major Fire in Warwick; Shelter Opened

The Red Cross is meeting with families to assess needs in the wake of the fire.

WARWICK, R.I., March 11, 2015 – The American Red Cross is assisting residents of the Westgate condominiums in Warwick after fire destroyed the building today. Red Cross team members responded in the late morning and have been at the scene and at a nearby shelter the Red Cross established at Christian Hill Community Church in West Warwick.

The Red Cross is meeting with families to assess needs in the wake of the fire, said Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman. He added that the residents at the shelter were provided meals donated by Texas Road House restaurant. “We are grateful to Christian Hill Church for opening their doors for us and to Texas Road House for helping provide food for the residents,” Shipman said.

The Red Cross will operate the shelter throughout the night for residents in need of a place to stay. Tomorrow, they will continue to talk with residents to make sure that their basic needs are met.

Because the situation is evolving and some residents may be able to make their own arrangements for temporary housing, Shipman said he was unable to provide an estimate of residents who would be in the shelter. “We will know more as the situation evolves and will provide updates when they are available.”



The American Red Cross has launched a campaign to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25% in five years. There are two actions you can take to substantially reduce the risk of death or injury in a home fire.

Install smoke alarms: Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a fire in half. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home inside bedrooms and sleeping areas.

Practice fire drills at home: Fire experts agree that you may have as little as 2 minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out. Use this Home Fire Escape Plan worksheet to plan your evacuation and practice it at least twice a year as a family.

Learn more about the Red Cross home fire prevention campaign.

Fire takes everything. It takes security. It takes safety, dignity and routine. Help the Red Cross give back what fire takes – the items that provide safety and comfort.