neighborhoods still mourning fatal Christmas fires to receive free
residents can still volunteer for Saturday event
staff reports From 9 a.m.
to noon Saturday, the American Red Cross of Central Indiana will
canvass Kokomo as part of its Home Fire Campaign, held in memory of two
young sisters and a man killed in Kokomo house fires on Christmas Eve
and Christmas Day, respectively.
funded in part by a grant from the Community Foundation of Howard
County, is a partnership between the Red Cross, Community Foundation,
United Way of Howard County and local volunteers to reach every home in
the city with free smoke alarms and fire prevention and disaster
and volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at the United Way of Howard
County, 212 W. Walnut St. Light refreshments, training and instruction
will take place.
volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For those interested in
supporting other Home Fire Campaign events or becoming a Red Cross
volunteer, call 888-684-1441.
To make an
appointment to have smoke alarms tested and/or free alarms installed in
your home, call the Red Cross at 888-684-1441 or visit
and thoughts go out to all those who’ve been impacted by the recent
tragedies in this community,” said Vanessa Davis, director of
operations for the Central Indiana chapter. “Through this event, we
want to make sure this does not happen again.
“To do this,
we will be canvassing the neighborhoods impacted by those fatal fires,
making sure those homes have working smoke alarms.”
Fire Department announced Jan. 4 the cause of the Christmas Eve fire
that took the lives of 10- and 12-year-old sisters was accidental,
specifying the blaze started in the two-story home’s kitchen.
In a KFD
press release, officials said no evidence of working, battery-operated
smoke detectors was found by fire crews upon their arrival or during
their operation at the residence at 908 N. Morrison St.
Red Cross Home Fire Campaign is a multi-year effort to reduce the
number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent. Working smoke
alarms cut the risk of dying in home fires by half. The help of
volunteers, corporations and community organizations is critical to
ensure every home has working smoke alarms and an emergency escape plan.