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Local Red Cross Volunteers Help 21 People Affected by Home Fires in the Past Week


October 17, 2022 – American Red Cross volunteers responded to 6 home fires in South Central Illinois in the past week and provided assistance to 21 individuals, through supplying them with basic items to meet immediate needs after a fire, and additional support in the form of health and mental health services and one-on-one support. Volunteers responded to fires in Marion, Murrayville, Sandoval, Springfield and Staunton.

If you or someone you know needs assistance after a home fire or local disaster, please call our dispatch line: (877) 597-0747.

Home fires are the most frequent disaster and claim seven lives every day in the U.S. Working smoke alarms can cut the risk of death in a home fire by 50 percent. To help protect your household, test your smoke alarms each month and practice your escape plan until everyone can get out in less than two minutes. Visit for more information.

Download the Red Cross Emergency app for detailed home fire prevention and safety tips. Visit or search “American Red Cross” in app stores to download the app, which is compatible with Apple Watch and Android wearable devices.

If you would like to help people affected by home fires and other disasters, please visit to sign up as a Red Cross disaster volunteer.

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