American Red Cross Sees Increase in Fire Response

Published 01/29 2014 05:19PM

Updated 01/29 2014 07:03PM

JOPLIN, MO.---- American Red Cross volunteers say this month has been very busy for fire response. The communications officer says 55 people in the Joplin office's response area have needed their assistance after a house fire. She says that number has nearly tripled compared to last year for Jasper, Barton, Newton, and Dade counties. In the Southern Missouri region, volunteers have provided assistance to more than 300 people.

"On average, we like to keep our numbers around two or three and that's where it's been. This year our average is around four fires a day, so that is definitely an increase," said Nigel Holderby, American Red Cross Southern Missouri Communications Officer.

The American Red Cross has already spent more than $60,000 in the first month of 2014 providing to fire victims in Southern Missouri.

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