Northcentral Wisconsin’s seen an unusually high number of structure fires for this time of year, according to local authorities.
Winter provides plenty of opportunities to cause a fire in your home. The Merrill Fire Department says being aware of space heaters, cooking surfaces, and holiday lights are crucial to keeping safe. In the meantime, first and second responders are easing the burden for those who’ve already suffered a loss.
Merrill’s Richard Lanier is living with his daughter since his neighbor’s apartment caught fire. It may take up to several months before he can get back into his apartment. “I want to thank the Red Cross because they were very helpful in getting new clothes and stuff you know because I’m not used to having stuff given to me,” he says.
It’s a situation that’s more common this year than in years past.