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Red Cross in need of help after high number of house fires

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Warrick County investigators are trying to figure out what caused an overnight house fire on Tecumseh Road near Lynnville.  

Officials say the fire is suspicious since no one was living there. 

It's one of many house fires the Red Cross has responded to over the past couple of months.

Red Cross officials say there is always an increase in house fires around this time of year, but with this winter's especially cold temperatures, they've seen even more than usual.  

Regional CEO Amy Canterbury says since the first of December, volunteers have helped 25 families, a total of 79 people in southwest Indiana alone.  

Canterbury says volunteers often give blankets, clothes, food and shelter to those affected by the fires, but that aiding gets expensive. Helping one family of four costs the Red Cross about $1,500.  

She says they're hoping for more donations so they can continue helping those in need.  

"Folks are so grateful and they're glad that the Red Cross was there to comfort them and be there in their time of need. For us, honestly the reason why I'm here is that it's a very heartfelt moment. You just don't go through a day not knowing that everything we do is for the right reason, and it's to help people who are in need," Canterbury shares with 14 News.

She says the Red Cross is always looking for volunteers. To find out how you can volunteer, click here. To make a donation, click here.

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