Las Vegas Review Journal: Red Cross campaign helps victims of Las Vegas-area house fires

The “Fire Hurts. Red Cross Helps.” campaign is raising money to provide families with a place to stay, food and clothing.

“The main purpose is to show families that they’re not alone going through this,” said Frank Rutkowski, public information officer for the Red Cross in Nevada. “The people will still see Red Cross volunteers as the debris and smoke start to settle.”

The Red Cross spent $202,507 to aid nearly 1,100 fire victims in Southern Nevada in 2016, and fire departments responded to 364 house fires, according to the Red Cross.

Angelo Aragon, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada, a union that represents about 1,850 firefighters statewide, said he’s optimistic the campaign can raise $350,000 this year.

“When we respond to a fire, it may be the most tragic event in that person’s life,” Aragon said. “So, for us, because of that commitment, we have a sense that we need to help these people.”

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