SAN ANTONIO - As the weather gets colder in San Antonio, the San Antonio Fire Department says that they are responding to more fires.
On Saturday, the Red Cross Serving Greater San Antonio and SAFD partnered up to install more than 300 smoke detectors in homes on the east side.
Teams of volunteers from the Red Cross went door to door on the east side, talking to families about fire safety and installing smoke detectors.
"We were in a home earlier where they were using their gas stove as a heater. That's really not the safest thing to do, so we were able to identify that and maybe other ways they can heat their home," said Henry Van de Putte, executive director of the Red Cross Serving Greater San Antonio.
Anthony Mitchell got detectors installed and says that he feels comforted knowing his family of seven who live there are safer.
"If you don't have this type of community effort, what do you have? People are dying in their homes, dying in the streets, dying everywhere, but for y'all to come out and do what they did today, I really do appreciate it," he said.
Just last month, the Red Cross Serving Greater San Antonio responded to 33 fire emergencies.
Tragedies from fires sadly hits close to home for Mitchell. Just over a week ago, his 75-year-old friend Arnold Gibbons died in a fire.
The Red Cross is hoping that, through their efforts, more people will be prepared in an emergency.
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