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Red Cross helps Spokane fire victims

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Every 48 hours, the Red Cross responds to an emergency in Spokane. Every 48 hours, the Red Cross responds to an emergency in Spokane.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The American Red Cross says when it comes to the number of big disasters like floods, hurricanes and tornadoes, they pale in comparison to house fires.

In the Inland Northwest, house fires are the most common disaster the Red Cross responds to.

"People know us from the large disasters from the hurricanes, to the landslides we had in western Washington, the wildfires in eastern Washington, but we actually are more active in responding to the house fires," said Red Cross Regional Executive Terry Pollard.

The Red Cross stepped in after a fire broke out on Spokane's north side Friday at a house that was converted into eight apartments. Firefighters say they think faulty electrical wiring started the fire. One person suffered minor injuries.

"We had one client that spent the night in a shelter and now has been transitioned out to a more stable place," said Pollard.

The Red Cross also helped a Spokane family of five that lost everything in a trailer fire earlier this week. All five were burned in the fire, and paramedics had to airlift one child to Harborview Medical Center's burn unit.

"It's devastating. Sometimes a family is losing everything that they possess. What we're finding is many of these families don't have other places to turn. There may not be family locally or friends that they live with or can get support from," said Pollard.

Every 48 hours, the Red Cross responds to an emergency in Spokane. Most of them are house fires. They're trained provide a variety of services.

"What the Red Cross volunteers and staff do is kind of that hope and path forward. We'll set them up with food, clothing and shelter so they can see that path towards recovery," said Pollard

The Red Cross says one of the best ways to avoid a fire in your home is checking your smoke detector. They recommend you change your battery twice a year, and the detector should be replaced all together after eight years.

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