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American Red Cross Responds to Springfield Resident

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A fire damaged a Springfield home Saturday afternoon.

Neighbors say they noticed smoke coming from the house on the 1100 block of M Street.

The damage turned out to be minor, but the damage to personal items was noticeable.

This is the sixth residential fire the Oregon Red Cross Chapter has responded to over the weekend.

“Once we get the call from fire dispatch, we activate what we call a disaster action team. It could be as few as one person depending on the size of the fire and how many potential clients we have to deal with,” said American Red Cross Public Affairs Manager Thomas McCann.

Three members of the action team were dispatched to the Springfield fire on Saturday.

Red Cross officials say single-home fires are the number one reason their services are needed.

“Nationally, the American Red Cross responds to about 70,000 disasters, and the vast majority of those are the single-family fires,” said McCann.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The American Red Cross provided the owner of the house three nights in emergency lodging at a local motel and funds for emergency food and clothing.

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