Disaster Alert: Red Cross Provides Relief after Apartment Fire

On Monday, June 4th our disaster workers assisted 15 residents of The Landings at Forest Acres on Covenant Road after an apartment fire damaged their homes.  In total, one unit was completely destroyed and six other units were affected.

Red Cross workers arrive on the scene of the apartment fire.

We provided aid to eight adults and seven children in the form of financial assistance to purchase food and clothing.  In addition, we provided each family with temporary lodging and hygiene kits filled with basic items such as a tooth brush, soap and shampoo. The children also received stuffed animals for a sense of security and safety.

Red Cross assesses fire damage at The Landings at Forest Acres.

“I am glad that the Red Cross was here today and every day,” said Chief Mark Wright, Columbia-Richland Fire Department. “Their work is very important to our community. They always provide comfort and aid to individuals that have lost everything to a disaster and help them get back on their feet.”

Chief Mark Wright with the Columbia-Richland Fire Department discusses the fire damage with a Red Cross disaster worker outside of The Landings at Forest Acres

Since July 1, 2011, the local Red Cross has responded to over 1,040 disasters and has provided immediate emergency assistance to approximately 3,580 adults and children.

You can help your neighbors recover from disasters like home fires by making a financial contribution to the American Red Cross today by visiting http://www.columbiaregionredcross.org or by calling (803) 540-1241.  Donations may also be mailed to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 91, Columbia, SC, 29202.

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