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Red Cross helps nearly 150 people after home fires

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We encourage people to be vigilant with fire safety through the holidays

The American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming is responding to calls for assistance, on average, twice a day. “In November, nearly 150 people needed our help, and we were there,” said Regional Disaster Officer, Mike Masto. “Sadly, we have seen multiple fatalities this past month and we encourage people to be vigilant with fire safety throughout the holidays.”

The families and individuals were provided a place to stay, money for clothes, food and medicine. Along with providing casework for the residents in a quick and efficient time frame, Red Cross volunteers will continue to provide support to these families going forward, by doing follow up work to ensure all needs are met and the individuals have a clear path to recovery from this personal disaster. In the case of a fatality, Red Cross assistance may include help with burial costs if needed. 

Across the 87 county service area, Red Cross volunteers responded to more than 50 calls for assistance last month. Out of those who received help, more than 40 were children and 21 were over the age of 60. 


Mile High Area (MHC): 43 individuals received aid; 12 children and 4 over age 60. The MHC response area includes 10 counties in the Denver Metro area.

Southeastern Colorado (SECO): 78 individuals received aid; 24 were under 18 years old and 12 over age 60. The SeCO response area includes 16 counties.

Northern Colorado (NECO): 14 individuals received aid. Six were children and three were over age 60. The NoCO response area includes 11 counties.

Western Colorado (WCO): Six individuals received aid. The WeCo response area covers 27 counties, serving all of western Colorado and the San Luis Valley.

Wyoming:  Eight individuals received assistance, including one child and two over the age of 60.