STATE OF NEBRASKA, Neb. Since the beginning of 2019, the American Red Cross has responded to 22 fire cases all across Central and Western Nebraska.
Out of the 22 fires, four of them have been in the Panhandle in Sidney, Gering, Kimball and Gordon.
All of the structure fires are considered to be a total loss or destroyed.
The American Red Cross usually responds to an average of 100 fire cases over a 12 month span.
In 2018, they responded to 90 fire cases.
Disaster Program Manager Brian Stevens from the American Red Cross says winter is the busiest times for them.
Rachelle Lipker from the American Red Cross says one way to help is to have a working smoke detector.
They have a campaign entitled ‘Sound the Alarm, Save a Life.’ It is used to install smoke detectors in the household for free.
You can set it up by calling 211 or go on their website at getasmokealarm.org.
The American Red Cross will also work with families on a fire evacuation plan which involves everyone in the family.