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Red Cross Continues Assisting Families After Warwick Fire; Meeting with Families Today at Site of Last Night's Shelter

We will be at the Christian Hill Community Church again today from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

WARWICK, R.I., March 12, 2015 - The American Red Cross continues working with families affected by the fire yesterday at the Westgate condominiums in Warwick.

On Wednesday, the Red Cross responded in the mid-morning to the scene, where 39 units were affected. The Red Cross opened a shelter at Christian Hill Community Church in West Warwick and provided dinner to residents, with help from Texas Roadhouse restaurant, which donated food. Additional snacks were provided by ALE Solutions, a temporary housing services company.

Team members from the Red Cross began meeting with families to assess their needs in the wake of the fire. Through early this morning, the Red Cross has met with 30 adults and three children in 17 families.

Twenty-eight adults and two children in 16 families received help with emergency food and clothing needs. A family of two adults and one child received help with emergency food, clothing and baby needs.

The shelter closed last night at approximately 11:00 p.m. as all residents of the condominiums were able to find alternate housing.

The Red Cross will return to Christian Hill Church today, staffing the church from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to continue meeting with displaced residents and provide assistance needed, said Paula Montgomery, American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter Executive Director. Montgomery said the Red Cross was grateful for a good partnership with Warwick officials and emergency responders. “Our Senior Director of Emergency Services, Liz McDonald, cited great communication with everyone from the town during a tough response.”

Montgomery thanked the Red Cross volunteers and the members of the Christian Hill Community Church who spent “many hours helping the families who faced this terrible fire. I was at the scene and I am so impressed by their dedication and compassion.”

Responders from the Red Cross yesterday included Elizabeth McDonald, Melissa Shires, Bob Foti, Lori Foti, Cosmos Aduojaiye, Dave Homerston, Stephen Carr, Tom Senerchia, Gary Brownell, Steve Anderson, Pat Quinn and Bruce Herrick. Volunteers from Christian Hill Church that have been Red Cross trained as disaster responders also assisted throughout the day, Montgomery said. They were Paula and Thomas Calci, Michelle Messier and David Simas, Jr. Montgomery noted as well that volunteers from nearby Community College of Rhode Island assisted during the day. “It is wonderful to see a community respond when neighbors are in need.”