Fires Leave Many In Need Of Help

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POSTED: Saturday, November 27, 2010 - 6:17pm

UPDATED: Saturday, November 27, 2010 - 10:11pm

EL PASO - The American Red Cross is helping out 43 people who were left homeless after a fire destroyed their Central El Paso apartments.

A spokesman for the Red Cross says all 17 families were offered a motel room for three days after fire ripped through an apartment building on Elm Street.

The Red Cross is able to help fire victims because of donations, but tonight those donations are running thin. There have been several fire's within the past 24 hours, and some are guessing it's because of the cold weather.

"It's important for people to please be carefull when they turn on their heaters or are having any kind of electrical issues at home. Please have them checked out," Freddy Martinez said.

The Red Cross and firefighters say another way to prevent fire from leaving you homeless this winter is to have working smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire alarms.

The cause of the Elm Street fire is still under investigation.

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