50 residents displaced after 4-alarm fire

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WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Officials are investigating after a four-alarm fire broke out at a 38-unit building on 30 Ascension Street on Wednesday night.

Eyewitness News has learned the Red Cross has been called to help 50 residents who have been displaced from their home.

The Red Cross is operating a shelter at the Crepeau Court senior housing facility on Front Street in Woonsocket to provide a safe, warm place for the displaced residents. Team members are meeting one-on-one with residents to assess their needs. More than 30 residents left homeless by the fire stayed at the shelter overnight Wednesday.

“A lot of people need clothing and shoes and food and the critical resources we always provide. Shelter and housing,” Liz McDonald of the Red Cross said.

After the Westgate condominum fire in Warwick last month, representatives of the Red Cross says they are running out of resources.

“We’ve had two large fires in a short amount of time,” McDonald said. “It always strains resources. Our fiscal year ends in June and we’re already past what we’ve done the year before.”

MJ Badeau and her friend helped the cause by dropping off coats and clothes for victims to wear.

“I know what it feels like to be homeless and without everything, so I just wanted to do something,” she said. “If I can give them this much of hope and know other people care, that’s the most important thing.”

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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