The Red Cross is providing assistance to a total of 22 people – 13 adults and 9 children – after two separate fires destroyed their homes and belongings this morning.
With today’s fires, the Red Cross has responded to nine home fires in the past three days, providing aid to a total of 45 people. So far in 2016, the Red Cross Colorado &Wyoming Region has responded to 34 disasters and helped more than 130 people affected by those disasters; all but one were home fires.
“Imagine a massive disaster that destroys the homes of hundreds of households – but instead of happening all at once, spread it out over the course of 365 days. That’s the impact of home fires in Colorado and Wyoming,” said Patricia Billinger, a spokesperson for the American Red Cross Colorado & Wyoming Region. “Home fires are the No. 1 disaster that the Red Cross responds to, and they’re every bit as devastating for the families who have lost everything. The Red Cross needs the support of the public to help us respond to these daily disasters.”
Red Cross volunteers responded to an apartment building at 2420 Welton St. in Denver early this morning to help 10 adults and 1 child. Volunteers met with the victims on a bus provided by RTD to help keep them warm while working through the details of receiving assistance. The Red Cross provided snacks and assistance for lodging, food and other basic needs, and comfort kits containing hygiene items.
Also in Denver, the Red Cross is helping 3 adults and 8 children displaced by a fire in the 2200 block of Quebec Street. The families are receiving assistance for lodging and immediate, basic needs, along with comfort kits and stuffed toys for the children.
BUSY WEEK FOR RED CROSS:
On Wednesday, Jan. 27, Red Cross volunteers responded to help people affected by home fires in Longmont, Adams County and Florissant.
On Tuesday, Jan. 26, the Red Cross responded to two apartment fires in southeastern Colorado and a home fire in Costilla County. The apartment fires, in Palmer Park and Old Colorado City, affected a total of 13 families. In Red Cross provided a variety of assistance to each of the people in need.
CRITICAL INFORMATION FOR THE PUBLIC TO ACT NOW:
On average the Red Cross responds to more than one home fire a day in Colorado and Wyoming; nationwide, seven people die and 36 people suffer injuries each day as a result of home fires.
Fire experts agree that you may have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out. Meanwhile, having a working smoke alarm can cut the risk from death in a fire in half. The Red Cross has launched a multi-year Home Fire Campaign that seeks to reduce home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent by providing education, outreach and free smoke alarm installation.
People who want to help can get involved right now in several ways:
- Donate to support Red Cross Disaster Relief, which enables the Red Cross to immediately respond to help people affected by disasters large and small. Donate at www.redcross.org/colorado or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.
- Take steps today to protect your household: install smoke alarms on every floor outside bedrooms and in sleeping areas, test the smoke alarms you do have, and make and practice an emergency escape plan. Get information and help at www.redcross.org/colorado/firesafety.