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We recently noticed a steady stream of press releases hitting our inboxes about The Red Cross helping victims of home fires. May, it seemed to us, was a very hot month. Yet, as the first of these statistics, provided by the Red Cross, about the agency’s house-fire responses suggests, May’s rash of fires might’ve been a bit below average:

“Nearly every 20 hours”: Average frequency with which the Red Cross responds to a house fire in Southern Nevada, according to a press release

24: House fires the Red Cross responded to in May, according to Frank Rutkowski, a spokesman for the Red Cross

205: Victims of house fires assisted in May

2: Average number of caseworkers dispatched to each incident to help survivors

600: Total Red Cross volunteers in Las Vegas

“No limit”: Amount of time volunteers spend helping victims with food, shelter, clothing, and medical attention, according to Rutkowski

100: Years the Red Cross has served Southern Nevada; it was chartered on June 14, 1917

For more information: Bruce Gil

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