Fire displaces family of nine
A fire at a home on Shady Lane Monday afternoon in Summerville left nine people temporarily homeless.
Old Fort Fire Department responded to the scene and quickly knocked down the fire, which caused relatively minor damage to the home. However, the family, which consisted of six adults and three children, had to seek temporary lodging, according to Red Cross officials.
American Red Cross volunteers responded to the scene to help the family, providing temporary housing, funds to replace food and clothing, referrals to partnering agencies, and comfort kits containing personal hygiene items and toys for the children.
No one was injured in the blaze.
The American Red Cross continues to respond to the local community while increasing the size of its already massive relief operation in order to provide aid and comfort to people affected by Superstorm Sandy. Volunteers from the Lowcountry are already deployed to communities throughout the region affected by Sandy but continue to keep its commitment to the Lowcountry by providing aid and comfort to the local community.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.
The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.
The Red Cross has assisted 391 individuals affected by disasters, including home fires, in its seven-county region of Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton and Jasper counties, since July 1 of this year. Members of our community can support local victims of disasters similar to this and enable the Red Cross to assist families like this who are impacted by residential fires by contacting the American Red Cross at 843-764-2323 ext. 368 or by going to www.LowcountryRedCross.org.