Red Cross Assisting Multiple Families Across Norhtland Due to Fires

By KBJR News 1

Red Cross Assisting Multiple Families Across Norhtland Due to Fires

January 24, 2013 Updated Jan 24, 2013 at 2:39 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Multiple fires over the past few days have kept volunteers at the Northland Chapter of the Red Cross busy with helping displaced families.

In addition to responding to a structure fire in Hibbing that has displaced 15 people above a downtown business earlier this morning, and a single-family fire in Esko, the Red Cross is responding to to fires in Superior and in Duluth earlier this week.

On Sunday, a fire along the 2800 Block of Exeter Street in Duluth left a family with three children ages two to five temporarily homeless. The Red Cross was notified on Wednesday that the family needed emergency shelter at an area hotel and assistance with providing food and clothing.

On Monday, a fire engulfed a mobile home in Superior along the 3100 Block of East 5th Street. A Red Cross volunteer is providing food, clothing and seasonal wear for those affected as well as help to replace prescriptions.

“Cold snaps like this often result in spates of home fires,” says Judy Hanne Gonzalez, Executive Director for the Red Cross. “I don’t know the causes of these blazes, but unsafe home heating is the second most common cause of fires nationwide."

Gonzalez recommends that people make sure that space heaters are far from flammable materials such as drapes and upholstery.

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