Officials at the American Red Cross say they are seeing an increase in the number of fire victims who do not have homeowners insurance.
Red Cross officials say this past weekend volunteers helped victims of three fires in Wichita Falls, which included a fire at an apartment complex.
Red Cross officials say over the past few years they have seen the number of fire victims who have homeowners insurance drop from 50% two years ago to 28% last year to just 17% so far this year.
"Economically, people are making tough choices and insurance may seem like something they can't afford but if you've got a fire that happens you can't afford to not have insurance," says Katrina Farmer, executive director of the local American Red Cross.
Farmer says the Red Cross will assist fire victims regardless if they are insured.
However, she says homeowners who have insurance are able to get back on their feet much faster than those who are uninsured.
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