Numerous Fire Incidents across the Country Keep American Red Cross Busy
Devastating home fires are becoming dangerously common during cold weather. News of fire deaths and injuries have been reported in increasing numbers across the United States.
According to Brainerd Dispatch, a report from Red Cross stated that seven people dies from fire across the country every day. The organization strengthened and widened its campaign efforts to greatly reduce the number of fire cases, injuries, and deaths by 25% by 2020.
In Wisconsin alone, the local Red Cross chapters rushed to help victims in six separate home fire incidents across the state. To avert fire dangers, Red Cross constantly reminds the public to observe fire safety when using their heating system.
The organization is also organizing relief efforts to house 22 displaced Tulsa residents in a temporary shelter in a Baptist church following a fire that burned an apartment complex down as reported by KTUL 8 Tulsa News. The apartment fire also caused some 100 people to lose electricity when a PSO fuse blew.
New York also has its own share of families displaced by fire. Volunteers responded to a fire emergency that erupted on Congress St. in Troy causing two families (or six people) to lose their homes. Initial police investigations revealed something suspicious which could probably be arson.
"There's a lady here who has been threatening us for days, she said she was gonna set it on fire; she said she was gonna kill us all," said Troy resident Kim Baucom as quoted saying by CBS 6 Albany.
American Red Cross has been instrumental in helping fire victims recover by tapping the ingenuity and resilience of its numerous local chapters across the US as well as its dedicated army of staff and volunteers.