Red Cross seeks help with familes left homeless by winter fires

By KBJR News 1

January 10, 2014 Updated Jan 10, 2014 at 11:13 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Firefighters across the Northland were extremely busy this week fighting to save people's homes in the extreme cold.
Many victims lost everything they had and it's creating a burden on the Red Cross.

George Konecny is lucky to be alive after his home burned to the ground, leaving him, his son and his son's girlfriend with burn wounds and his seven year old granddaughter with frostbite.

"Everything I've ever worked for, it just seems, you go to bed at night and you're kinda pulling your own weight, doing your own thing, feeling good about going to work the next day and you wake up and you got nothing. It's just gone. It just happened so fast." Said survivor of a house fire, George Konecny.

While he's counting his lucky stars, the fact still remains: he and his family lost everything.
This week alone the Red Cross responded to four different Northland families left homeless following fires.
They say it's been a tough winter.

"We've had a tough winter and not only is it cold outside, we always have a lot of fires in the winter, but this one has been overwhelming." Said Red Cross Volunteer, Diane Dunder.

And the Red Cross can only do so much to help.
They say monetary donations do help, but for those who don't have the cash to spare.
"We can always use volunteers. Even if they're working, we can work into their schedules." Said Dunder.

For those who do have money or want to donate other items, the Red Cross can get people into contact with specific families to make those connections happen.
"It's a tragedy for these people, they lose everything and so hopefully we can help them in some way and then other agencies can help them out." Said Dunder.

For now, it's a long road ahead for fire victims like Konecny.
"I hate to go home, I don't know where home is I guess." Said Konecny.

If you would like to help out with any of the victims of this week's fires, you can contact the Red Cross here in Duluth.
Or you can visit their website by clicking this link The Red Cross: Northland Chapter