Red Cross, Firefighters Stress Fire Safety With Heaters

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Greenville Fire-Rescue says its busiest day of the year for house fires is right around the corner: Thanksgiving. The cold is already causing an increase in house fires according to the American Red Cross which says its already seen a spike compared to last year.

Many of those fires are caused by people making dangerous mistakes while trying to stay warm. Pitt County Red Cross Volunteer John Perry says this time of year 60-75% of house fires are caused by some kind of heater.

Greenville Fire-Rescue says October, November, and December are the busiest months for house fires. Last November, the Red Cross responded to 67 house fires. The Red Cross says it's well on it's way to a busy fire season with 35 fires in eastern NC already just half way through November. Most of their calls this month have been kitchen and furnace fires.

"Usually the first or second cold snap of the season more house fires occur, and this year has been a more abundant, I hate to say, use of our funds for house fires. It's been a heavy year," said Perry.

Perry says this time of year, 60-75% of house fires are caused by some kind of heater.