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Red Cross Helping 13 Following Fire in Le Center

American Red Cross volunteers are helping three families, including six adults and seven children, following a multi-unit apartment fire on Maple Ave. in Le Center, Minn., last night.

Following devastating home fires, Red Cross volunteers meet with those affected, making sure they have a safe place to stay, clothing, food, emotional support and help with long-term recovery planning.

Last year, Red Cross volunteers in Minnesota responded to more than 500 fires and helped more than 800 families.

Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a fire. The Red Cross has launched a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent over the next five years. As part of the campaign the Red Cross is joining fire departments and community groups nationwide to install smoke alarms in communities with high numbers of fires. The Red Cross also is asking every household in America to take the two simple steps that can save lives: checking their existing smoke alarms and practicing fire drills at home.

For more Red Cross fire safety and preparedness information, visit

Download the Red Cross First Aid App at to get access to life-saving information on what to do for common, everyday first aid emergencies including burns.

By empowering local volunteers, the American Red Cross is able to fulfill its mission to prevent and alleviate suffering in the face of emergencies. Become a Red Cross volunteer in your community, visit

As part of continuing efforts to build individual and community resiliency, the Red Cross recommends following these home fire safety tips and downloading the free Red Cross First Aid App.

The Red Cross depends on financial donations to help people affected by disasters both big and small. To donate, visit, call 1-800-RED-CROSS. People can also text the word “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross serving Southeast Minnesota, 310 14th St. S.E., Rochester, MN 55904.