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Cold weather fires keeping Red Cross busy

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From a burned out roof at Lakeshore Garden apartments Friday morning, to dramatic flames at Uptown apartments Christmas Eve, the Red Cross has had its hands full.

Marc Newell with the Red Cross says they've seen almost double the number of apartment fires compared to last year.

"It's still heartbreaking; each time it's a different family that needs assistance that needs that support," says Newell.

The Red Cross provides food, clothing and even shelter for some victims depending on the situation.

But the cold weather doesn't help, Newell says with freezing temperatures there will likely be more fires, and more fires bring more victims.

"The holiday season is such a great season, but at the same time it can be heart wrenching when you've been to this many apartment fires," says Newell.

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