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Red Cross responds to Bureau fire

Published: Monday, June 23, 2014 4:20 p.m. CDT

BUREAU — The Bureau County Red Cross was one of several area emergency personnel responding to a mobile home fire late Friday on Rawson Lake Lane near Bureau.

On Monday, Bureau County Red Cross Director Lori Compton said local Red Cross volunteers Mike Hellberg and Tina Eckdahl responded to the scene early Saturday to assure everyone affected by the fire had a safe place to stay, food, clothing and emotional support. One adult did require immediate and continued assistance, Compton said.

The Bureau County Red Cross averages more than 20 disaster responses in a year. The 11-county regional area of the American Red Cross, of which Bureau County is a part, assists an average of more than 185 families each year after some type of disaster.

There are some steps all people should take to safeguard themselves, whether they own their home or rent it, Compton said. All homes should have working smoke alarms, and all people should have insurance, whether it’s as the homeowner, which is required, or the renter. Insurance is relatively inexpensive compared to starting over without insurance, she said.

Also, everyone should have an escape plan in the case of a fire or other disaster, Compton said.

Editor’s note: More information was not available from the Bureau Fire Department by Monday’s press time.

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