Red Cross encouraging fire safety after 5 fires in 4 days

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Red Cross is helping 19 Erie County residents after five fires in just four days.

The organization, which assists people with temporary housing, food, clothing, mental health and a long-term recovery plan, is reminding people about fire safety after the 20th fire-related death in the region this year.

The first of the five fires happened on Regina Place, in Buffalo. The fire claimed the life of a resident.

The Red Cross says they have helped people from fire scenes in Buffalo and Blasdell since Thursday.

The organization is urging everyone to have working smoke detectors in their homes and a plan. They ask the public to practice fire escape routes and put together emergency preparedness kits. Additional tips are available on

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