It's been a busy winter season for our local fire departments. In fact, one of the busiest on record.
And the local Red Cross says their finances are stretched, as they continue to help dozens of people left homeless this winter.
Since the first of January, the local chapter of the Red Cross has responded to 22 incidents. That's 22 incidents in 35 days.
The apartment house fire on German street left 16 people homeless.
And several other fires, including the apartment complex fire last week in Meadville, left 20 people homeless.
The Red Cross is reaching out to a lot of people in need right now, "We're on the scene, we stay with the clients, we do casework until they're in a new place. We finish off with beds and linens and deposits for their new place," said Red Cross Executive Director Pam Masi. "So we rely on the generosity of the people in Erie." Masi added.
If you can help, you can specify where you'd like your funds to go, Erie, Meadville, Warren or Corry.