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American Red Cross helping families affected by house fires

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A mother of seven in Youngstown, who is pregnant and expecting another, lost her home to fire on Garfield Avenue Friday. 

No one was hurt, but the family dog died.

The American Red Cross is helping her family.

"Our volunteers are able to load a debit card with an amount of money on it so those folks can use it immediately for what they need. The amounts are standard across the country," said Karen Conklin, Executive Director of the Red Cross Lake to River Chapter. 

Longer term needs will be met with the help of the Salvation Army, Goodwill, and the Warren Family Mission. 

The Lake to River Chapter of the American Red Cross says with heaters and overloading circuits during holidays, 'tis the season to think safety. 

"Candles are the leading cause of fire and people leaving things on the stove," said Conklin. 

Conklin tells us the chapter assists people in Ashtabula, Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbiana, and Jefferson counties, and has a program to install smoke detectors with no income requirements, just a phone call.

"Volunteers will come to your house and install as many smoke alarms as you need," said Conklin.

The American Red Cross is always in need of donations to help others and volunteers.

"We are a non-profit and we can use all the help we can get," said Conklin. "Nobody does what the American Red Cross does here at home, so people, who live here, please support us."

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