Red Cross helping 58 people after 4-alarm fire in Providence


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Red Cross is assisting 22 families, including 34 adults and 24 children, after a four alarm fire in Providence on Saturday.

Firefighters were called to an apartment complex on Chatham Street just before 2:30 p.m. When they arrived, crews found heavy smoke and flames coming from the building.

Officials on scene said the design of the structure allowed the flames to quickly spread. Everyone was able to make it out safely.

Of the 16 units in the building, four had fire damage and the rest had smoke and water damage.

Bonnie Palin and her six-year-old daughter lived in one of the units with severe fire damage and lost everything.

“I was about to get in the shower. I have no clothes, no shoes. I have nothing. I lost all my paperwork, my bank cards, everything is in my house burnt to shreds,” Palin told 12 News.

A GoFundMe has been set up for them as they try to recover from the unfortunate circumstance.

Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

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