PAWTUCKET, R.I., NOVEMBER 5, 2013 – The American Red Cross is helping five people displaced by a building explosion on Mineral Spring Avenue in Pawtucket earlier today.
The Red Cross is providing one family of two adults and one child with help for emergency clothing and food needs. The family was able to make other housing arrangements. The Red Cross is providing a second family with help for emergency housing, food and clothing needs. Responding from the Red Cross were Phil Stocking, Steve Carr, Melissa Shires, Mike Castro and Mary Castro.
American Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman said the Red Cross will work with a third family not at the scene today to determine their needs. “We hope to meet with the additional family as soon as they are able.”
The Red Cross is also providing comfort kits containing 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.
American Red Cross disaster assistance is free of charge, a gift made possible by generous donations and the work of volunteers.