Twelve People Get Help After Central Falls Fire

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

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I., February 27, 2014 – The American Red Cross is helping 12 people – seven adults and five children in three families – with emergency needs after a Tuesday night fire on Central Street in Central Falls.

A family of two adults and one child received help with emergency housing, food and baby needs.

A family of one adult and one child received help with emergency housing and food needs.

A family of four adults and three children was able to make alternate arrangements for housing, but received help with emergency food needs.

Senior Emergency Services Director for the Rhode Island Chapter Elizabeth McDonald said the families reached out to the Red Cross on Wednesday after receiving recovery information in the wake of the fire. “We try to reach all families affected by fire with basic information that can help them plan their recovery, even if they don’t state a need for emergency assistance at the time,” McDonald said. “That information includes how to contact us for help and advice. Sometimes a family finds their needs change in the hectic days that follow a fire, as these families did.”

Red Cross volunteers Mike Grimmer, Steve Carr and Paul Taylor 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