TYLER - A rash of house fires in East Texas have kept caseworkers occupied and the Red Cross said it's been that way since Thanksgiving.
The Smith County chapter of the organization said it's been called in for two fires a day, lately.
Lindsay Edwards is the volunteer liaison and she said December is usually the peak of residential fires. Compared to previous years, she's seen an increased demand in their services.
"It's been a very busy time," Edwards said.
Edwards said the Red Cross has averaged around 15 calls a week about house fires and to her, that's not normal.
For example, four Longview people were displaced from their mobile home on December 21. Then a 77-year-old man recently died in a house fire in Nacogdoches.
Investigators believe the cause of that fire was electrical; something Edwards said is not uncommon.
"Old wiring may not handle the heavy load that they put on during this time of year," Edwards said.
Still, Edwards said these people need help.
Those who want to lend a hand can reach out to the Red Cross. Edwards said people should leave a name and number and they'll contact the family affected.
The Red Cross said it's always looking for volunteers around the holiday season and they could benefit from monetary donations.
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