House Fires On The Rise Attributed To Bitter Cold Snap

By Matt Kroschel

DENVER (CBS4)– There were more house fires across the nation in the first few weeks of the year compared to the year before.

Red Cross volunteers across the country responded to 3,150 home fires in the first nine days of the year, compared to 2,003 fires in the same time period for 2017.

(credit: CBS)

Michael Masto, Regional Disaster Officer with the American Red Cross, says that can be attributed to a string of dangerously cold days.

CBS4’s Matt Kroschel interviews Michael Masto, Regional Disaster Officer with the American Red Cross (credit: CBS)

“Just here in Colorado and Wyoming, we respond to at least two or three home fires per day,” Masto said.

(credit: CBS)

Heating, holiday decorations, winter storms and candles all contribute to an increased risk of fire during the winter months, according to the National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Fire Administration.

(credit: CBS)

Red Cross volunteers have responded to more than 88 events and assisted nearly 250 people in the five-week period ending Feb. 4.

(credit: CBS)

Additional Information from the Red Cross:

If someone would like to help the Red Cross continue to provide support to fire victims, please consider making a donation today by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 gift.

Matt Kroschel covers news throughout Colorado working from the CBS4 Mountain Newsroom. Send story ideas to and connect with him on Twitter @Matt_Kroschel.

This site uses cookies, tokens, and other third party scripts to recognize visitors of our sites and services, remember your settings and privacy choices, and — depending on your settings and privacy choices — enable us and some key partners to collect information about you so that we can improve our services and deliver relevant ads.

By continuing to use our site or clicking Agree, you agree that CBS and our key partners may collect data and use cookies for personalized ads and other purposes, as described more fully in our privacy policy. You can change your settings at any time by clicking Manage Settings.