Red Cross Helps Five after Apartment Fire in Columbia

On February 8th, our local Red Cross disaster responders provided emergency assistance to three adults and two children that were displaced by an apartment fire at 7404 Bailey Street in Columbia, S.C.

Red Cross disaster responders arrive on the scene of the apartment fire.

Red Cross disaster responders arrive on the scene of the apartment fire.

Here is a recap of our response…

Three Red Cross responders arrived at the scene of the fire and assessed the damage with first responders.

First responders and Red Cross disaster workers assess damage caused by the fire.

First responders and Red Cross disaster workers assess damage caused by the fire.

After determining how many people were displaced by the fire, our responders provided individual assistance and comfort to each family.

Red Cross provides individual assistance to each family affected by the fire.

Red Cross provides individual assistance to each family affected by the fire.

In total five people received temporary housing and financial assistance to purchase food and clothing. In addition, each person received a comfort kit with basic hygiene items and referrals to partner agencies to assist with long-term recovery.

One of the most important things that our workers can give after a fire is comfort and a hug.

One of the most important things that our responders can give after a fire is a hug.

Since July 1, 2012, the local Red Cross has responded to 733 disasters and has provided immediate emergency assistance to 2,454 adults and children.

All of this assistance is made possible by generous donors and volunteers. You can help your neighbors recover from disasters like home fires by making a financial contribution to the American Red Cross today by visiting Redcross.org or by calling (803) 540-1230. Donations may also be mailed to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 91, Columbia, SC, 29202. If you would like to become a volunteer, please call (803) 540-1242 or visit Redcross.org.

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