Red Cross Assisting Mountain Residents Repair Homes - 8 News NOW

Red Cross Assisting Mountain Residents Repair Homes

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LAS VEGAS -- Hundreds of residents returned home to Kyle and Lee canyons this week only to find many homes filled with smoke, ash and soot.

The Red Cross is encouraging those residents to apply for assistance to help cope with the costs of all the Carpenter 1 fire damage.

As Mount Charleston went up in flames, Bette Grimes said she made one small mistake: she left a single window open in her Kyle Canyon home.

"I thought, ‘Oh my God. I am going to have smoke everywhere,'" Grimes said.

Hundreds of others could all be dealing with the same problem.

Many of the homes were untouched by fire, but are filled with ash, soot and a smoky smell that just won't go away.

It's a problem Kyle Canyon resident Kelly Conley knows only too well.

"All that smell and the soot -- you cannot get it out," Conley said. "Even the mattresses. You cannot get it out of."

Red Cross volunteers have opened up a case worker center at the Resort at Mount Charleston.

Any fire victims who have damage can come and file a claim, which could eventually get them the cash they need to fix the problem.

Case workers have already seen victims coming in and reporting smoke damage, which can be very costly.

"In some cases you may have to retake the carpet out and get new carpet, new drapes, all that," Red Cross case worker Valerie Hamilton said. "Because that smoke -- it won't come out."

The Red Cross is also handing out food, water and cleaning supplies.

Residents coming back up the mountain are grateful for the help.

"Otherwise, it wouldn't get done," Grimes said. "A lot of people just couldn't afford to buy whatever supplies they need to get it cleaned up."

Grimes said she isn't sure what she'll find when she returns, but she knows help will be there if she needs it.

At this point, the case worker center at the Resort was open Thursday and will also be open Friday. They don't have exact times, but say to stop in.

To file a claim, contact the Red Cross at 702-369-3927.

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