American Red Cross volunteers responded to three separate home fires on Monday, Jan. 11, that destroyed the homes and belongings of a total of seven people.
All three fires occurred the same morning:
--400 block of Ponderosa Drive in Evergreen: a home fire destroyed the belongings of one adult and two children. The family had an apartment to relocate to, and Red Cross provided assistance for needs such as clothing, food and other basic needs.
--2800 block of Federal Boulevard in Denver: A fire displaced two adults. Red Cross provided lodging and assistance for basic needs such as food and clothing.
--1900 block of W. Pacific Place in Denver: A fire at an apartment building destroyed one unit, displacing two adults. Red Cross provided assistance for lodging and personal items, along with blankets and comfort kits (toothbrushes, washcloth, soap, etc.).
“Although it is rare in the Denver-metro area for the Red Cross to be called to three home fires in a single morning, it is not uncommon to see a spike in these everyday disasters during the winter,” said Christine Manson de Rabe, Disaster Program Manager for the Red Cross Mile High Area.
Home fires are the most common disaster; on average the Red Cross respond to one home fire a day in Colorado and Wyoming – and nationwide, seven people and 36 people suffer injuries each day as a result of home fires in the United States.
Best way the public can help: Get Involved
People who want to help can get involved right now in several ways:
- Sign up to volunteer with during the Red Cross Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service campaign on Saturday, Jan. 16. Find out more and sign up at www.redcross.org/colorado
- 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.
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.
Red Cross volunteers, in partnership with local fire departments and PCL Constructions, will be visiting homes in a trailer park in Federal Heights and Boulder on Saturday, Jan. 16, to install smoke alarms, educate residents about fire safety and help them make their emergency plans. The event is part of the annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service. People can sign up to join the volunteer effort until Friday, Jan. 15 using this link: https://goo.gl/pL5jW.