American Red Cross Helping 19 People After Monday Fires in Johnston, Pawtucket

We appreciate the Red Cross volunteers who have helped at all the fires this week.

PROVIDENCE, RI - The Red Cross is helping 19 people displaced by two fires on Monday, April 8, in Johnston and Pawtucket. In Johnston, the Red Cross is helping nine adults in seven families after a fire on Simmonsville Avenue. The Red Cross provided help with emergency housing and food needs. Five adults in four families were helped with emergency housing and food needs. Four adults in three families received help with emergency food needs. In Pawtucket, a fire on Newell Avenue affected 10 people – eight adults and two children – in two families. The Red Cross provided one family of six adults and two children help with emergency housing and food needs, as well as stuffed toys for the children. A second family of two adults received help with emergency housing and food needs. 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. These fires followed a major fire in Pawtucket on Sunday that displaced 35 people. The Red Cross worked with families affected by that fire to provide for immediate needs including shelter, food, clothing and baby needs. “It has been a tough week for these families affected by large fires,” said Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman. “We really appreciate the hard work of the Red Cross volunteers who have been there to make sure their needs are met.” American Red Cross disaster assistance is free of charge, a gift made possible by generous donations and the work of volunteers.