Red Cross Helping 44 People After Weekend Fires in RI

The Red Cross is helping families with emergency needs.

PROVIDENCE, R.I., March 9, 2014 - The American Red Cross is helping 44 people after weekend fires in Providence and Central Falls.

In Providence, the Red Cross is helping 18 people – eight adults and 10 children in four families after a fire Friday on Tobey Street and a fire Sunday on Vinton Street.

On Friday, the Red Cross provided help with emergency housing and food needs to four adults and nine children in two families after a fire on Tobey Street in Providence. Red Cross volunteers Freddy Silva and Marian Juskuv responded to assist the families.

On Sunday, the Red Cross provided help with emergency housing, food and clothing needs to four adults and one child in two families after a fire on Vinton Street in Providence. Red Cross volunteers Gary Brownell and Paul Taylor responded to assist the families.

On Saturday, the Red Cross responded to help 21 adults and five children after a fire on Darling Street in Central Falls.

Sixteen adults and five children in five families received help with emergency food needs, but were able to make alternate housing arrangements. Five adults in three families were provided help with emergency housing and food needs. Red Cross team members Pat Quinn, Liz McDonald, Paul Taylor and Mike Grimmer responded to assist 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.