It's only February and already 25 lives have been taken by fatal fires here in Ohio.
Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention Rich Palmer of the State Fire Marshals Office spoke at the Zanesville Rotary Club meeting on Tuesday afternoon to discuss their campaign for the use of smoke alarms in homes.
"Right now we're looking at campaigns around the state to reduce fatalities because we are seeing so many homes that have fires that don't have working smoke alarms,"...
The month of January has been a rather difficult one for the Red Cross in Southeast Ohio.
Over the last four weeks, twelve fires have broken out across the area leaving many families homeless. And with such a high number, the Red Cross's budget has been stretched very thin, but have been able to make ends meet.
"We are able to keep up and it's because of fantastic volunteers and donors in our community and our united way that we're able to be there to help the families when...
The Muskingum Valley Red Cross is reporting there were two fires Saturday evening and now two families are homeless. One of the fires happened at 6255 Virginia Road in Nashport. The Red Cross says Justin and Britney Soller and their two children are now homeless . Red Cross officials are helping the Soller's with funding for food and temporary lodging. The other fire happened at 913 Nancy Avenue. The Red Cross says Jasmin O'neal and her four children are also...
According to the Muskingum Valley Red Cross, there have been 20 fires in the past four weeks.
The organization who covers Muskingum, Morgan and Perry counties has a disaster action team in place that's on call 24/7 to assist families in emergency situations.
"We offer them help with their immediate needs, if they don't have family to go stay with, we put them up in a hotel, they're going to need food and we give them a voucher for food and also clothing," said Marlene...
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, each year emergency rooms treat about 12,800 patients for holiday-related injuries. The Muskingum Valley Red Cross is offering a few safety tips for homeowners to keep in mind as they begin decorating this December.
"When you're plugging in your Christmas lights, don't overload the electrical outlets because that is just, there is going to be a disaster there," said...
Fires are on the rise across the area, but the Muskingum Valley Red Cross says that's to be expected. It happens every year because people forget to take precautionary measures before heating their homes.
The staff offer the following guidelines: call a technician to look at your furnice-and if you can't do that at least replace the filter-clean the chimney before your use it, and make sure alternative heating sources aren't plugged into extension cords.
Local fire departments are going on more runs, dealing with brush and grass fires.
Firefighters have not only been battling these blazes but the hot weather conditions too..
"We've just had this ongoing situation here where we really haven't had a lot of rain in the immediate past. We got some pretty good heat, a lot of wind, and low humidity, " says Fire Chief, Dave Lacy.
The wind seems to be the worst enemy of the three.
The city of Zanesville has seen four structure fires within a week. Fire Chief, Dave Lacy says the latest two fires, the Ridge Avenue fire, and the Crown Street fire are all being linked, and he says he believes there is an arsonist or arsonists within our midst.
"I would say it is probably more than likely somebody who definitely knows the area and probably somebody that lives in the area. It's a very good possibility the person is traveling on foot so that a vehicle isn't being...
There are a number of local families who are homeless and trying to pick up the pieces of their lives after fires have destroyed their homes.
The Muskingum Valley Red Cross has dealt with four blazes just in the past week.
"It does seem like they come in rashes. It couldn't be at a more horrible time of year for us. Our disaster relief fund is low, and the fires just keep increasing, " says Keely Warden of the Red Cross.