Increase in Local Fires

by Emily Baird on March 29, 2010 at 6:27 am

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.

Warden says a number of those fires were kitchen fires that could have been prevented.

"Watch what you’re doing, especially when you’re cooking. You put something on the stove, make sure you remember it’s on the stove. Stay in the kitchen so you know what’s going on, " says Warden.

These families who have lost their homes have been larger too, with 8-10 people living in each household. That’s forced the Red Cross to provide two rooms for the families each night when it is used to providing one.

The Red Cross’ Disaster Relief Fund is currently in the negative range, but Warden says that won’t stop the staff from helping families in their time of need.