Red Cross steps in to help after spate of fires

Five families, including 10 children, left without homes
Monday, December 22, 2008 | 6:27 p.m. CST; updated 7:53 p.m. CST, Monday, December 22, 2008

COLUMBIA — When Candace Benton came home at 7:45 Friday night after driving back to Columbia from the Amtrak station in Jefferson City, she knew right away that something was wrong. She could see flames in her living room through the picture window. She immediately dialed 911.