Fatal Fire Prompts Rapid Response Canvassing By Red Cross

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The Red Cross responds to about 800 fires every year in Central Ohio.

They say home fires are the number one response for their volunteers.

10TV's Karina Nova went out with local Red Cross volunteers, who are taking action before flames breaks out.

About a dozen volunteers from the American Red Cross targeted one neighborhood.

“In light of the tragic event that happened Sunday we wanted to pass out some safety information,” volunteers told residents.

Walking door to door, they passed out fire safety information.

“We're trying to prevent what we can and but make sure families are prepared so if something does happen they know what to do,” said Matt Bertram, CEO of the Red Cross Central-Southeast Region.

The goal was to let people know what to do before and during a fire.

On Wayne Avenue, the flames took the life of a baby on Sunday, one month old Catherine Neese.

“When we have a fire and a fatality like this, it's hard for them they're sad. We want to make sure we're there for them to provide compassion and hope. And we use that opportunity to provide safety tips, how to make your home as safe as possible,” said Bertram.

The Red Cross said it's important to get out to neighborhoods within 48 hours of a tragic fire. That's when the community has the most questions about what they can do to be more safe.

“I'll go ahead and give you this, it talks about fire safety tips and prevention tips. To make sure have working smoke alarms, replacing batteries, all the way to have a plan with your family,” said Volunteer Sarah Dingeldein to one of the residents.

“You can't prevent everything but you can be ready in case something happens,” said Bertram.

The Red Cross knocked on hundreds of doors, hoping residents take action now.

The cause of the fire that took the life of Catherine Neese has not yet been determined. 


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