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Red Cross Helps 17 After Pawtucket, Providence Fires

The Red Cross is helping with emergency housing, food and clothing needs.

PROVIDENCE, R.I., December 24, 2014 – The American Red Cross is helping 17 people after fires Tuesday night in Pawtucket and Providence.

In Pawtucket, the Red Cross is helping six adults in four families with emergency housing needs after a fire on Clay Street. The Red Cross also provided blankets to residents for warmth as they worked with them at the scene.

Red Cross team members Artie Shlevin, Amy Lynch, Henry Lessieur, Marie Gaumond and Liz McDonald responded to assist the families.

In Providence, the Red Cross is helping 11 people – six adults and five children in four families – after a fire on Zone Street.

The Red Cross is providing a family of two adults help with emergency housing and food needs.

A family of one adult and five children received help with emergency housing, food, clothing and baby needs, as well as stuffed animal toys for the children.

Three adults in two families received help with emergency housing, food and clothing needs.

Red Cross team members Melissa Shires, Steve Carr, Amy Lynch, Henry Lessieur and Liz McDonald assisted the families.

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.