Volunteers with the American Red Cross responded to two home fires in the northern Red River Valley. Two families are displaced and are receiving assistance with shelter, food, and clothing.
Two adults and three children were forced to evacuate from their home in Grand Forks on the 600 block of North 4th Street. The family has been given shelter in a hotel for three nights and has received assistance with clothing and food. There is heavy damage to the home.
Red Cross volunteers are also provided shelter and catered to the immediate needs of two people who were displaced from their home Thursday on 15th Street.
“The cold temperatures have made it difficult for some people to heat their homes,” said Tom Tezel, Red Cross Regional Disaster Officer. “People tend to give less thought to the importance of fire safety and prevention in frigid conditions.”
The Dakotas Region of the Red Cross responded to over 150 fires last year. For information on how to protect your home, log on to www.redcross.org