Tulsa Red Cross Sees Increase In Home Fires

Tuesday, November 23rd 2010, 1:22 pm
By: News On 6


TULSA, Oklahoma -- The Tulsa Red Cross says it has responded to a whopping 22 home fires in just the past 8 days. That's more than a 25 percent increase then what they typically see, the Red Cross said in a press release.

From November 15 to November 22, the organization assisted 65 people whose homes were damaged or destroyed by fire in the Tulsa metro area.

It has spent nearly $12,000 dollars in temporary lodging, food and clothing for those affected.

Heating fires are the second leading cause of home fires, and as temperatures drop, people begin using furnaces, space heaters and fireplaces.

Holiday activities such as deep-frying turkeys and using candles and other holiday decorations, can all increase chances of home fires, the release said.

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