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Recent House Fires Stretch Red Cross Resources

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by Emily Luxen

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- As temperatures drop, the number of house fires in Middle Tennessee always increases, according to the American Red Cross.  Officials said the result is a greater need for volunteers, and a greater need for donations.

Volunteers with the Disaster Action Team like Rick Loyd, have been working long hours to make sure homeowners who lost everything can rebuild their lives.  He said he expects this to be a hectic time of year, and it always is.

"It's a busy time, but it's important we are there," said Loyd. "That's what the Red Cross does, we help people in time of need."

Most recently, Loyd assisted the Brown family after their Nashville home caught fire last week.  The fire wiped out years of memories and killed the family dog.

"It's good to know you have people who are willing to help," said Marvin Brown. "It means a lot."

Initially Loyd helps families with immediate needs like lodging and clothing.  He said none of it would be possible without generous volunteers and donations.

"We have a lot of volunteers who work all day and then are on call all night," said Loyd.  "We have to be ready to provide assistance."

To prevent house fires, the Red Cross recommends you install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms, and test them each month; Keep items that can catch fire at least three feet away from fireplaces, stoves and space heaters; Turn off portable space heaters and extinguish candles when you leave the room or go to sleep; Also, have a fire escape plan for you and your family.

Due to the high volume of fires, and families in need, officials with the Red Cross say they are especially in need of donations and volunteers this time of year.  For more information you can visit their website or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.


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