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Red Cross Responds to Six Fires in One Weekend

Updated: Dec 2, 2012 06:08 PM CST
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A rash of fires throughout the Quad City area this weekend has left more than a dozen families in need of help.

"I just thought wow, I can't believe another family is going through this," said Kasey Kelly, Red Cross Communications Coordinator.

Since Friday there have been two fires in Clinton, two in Rockford, one in Moline and one apartment fire in Burlington. Fifteen families devastated. While the Red Cross is always there to help those in need, workers say handling this many fires at one time is something they are not even used to.

"It does get wearing and taxing. There are quite a few people from the dispatcher to the actual people responding, to the people doing the paperwork on the back end, you know there is a lot of work involved in it," Kelly said.

Kelly says volunteers are on call 24/7 and fire after fire they have came out, giving families everything from food and shelter to blankets to shampoo.

"Most people are shell shocked, they've never experienced anything like this before, they do not know what to do."

 Kelly says the Red Cross spends about $1,100 dollars per family.

"We do start to think about how are we going to fund these operations, and we always make it happen and the community always comes through. But it does make us a little nervous just to think, wow that's a lot of fires."

She says fires are most prevalent in the winter. That's why situations like this show just how important donations are, especially during the holiday season.

"When we see this many fires we are definitely out in the community, saying please help, please help to support this because we can't do it alone."