Two house fires displace six people

The American Red Cross is helping six people after two separate fires broke out in Sidney Friday afternoon and Lexington Saturday afternoon.

The Red Cross is helping:
• One family – Two adults and two children after a fire broke Friday afternoon at 1122 22nd Ave, Sidney.
• One family – One adult after a fire broke out Saturday afternoon at 807 W Elm St., Lexington.

According to the Lexington fire chief, the Elm Street home was fully engulfed upon arrival and the family got themselves out safely. No word on the cause.

KNOP is waiting on a call back from the Sidney Fire Department for additional details on that fire.

A team of American Red Cross volunteers are helping meet the family’s immediate needs.

The Red Cross is also providing comfort kits, containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving supplies and other items a resident might not have been able to gather in the rush to escape the fire. In addition, a recovery envelope containing information helpful to families recovering from a fire, including tips on cleanup; notification of important contacts; dealing with damaged items and more was provided.

Red Cross caseworkers will follow up with those affected in the coming days to work on a longer-term recovery plan.