March 26, 2013 – San Antonio, Texas – Since February 25th the San Antonio Area Chapter of the American Red Cross has faced six fires which - when combined – make this 30 day period the most disaster filled month in the chapter’s history.
February 25 – The Red Cross responded to five separate residential fires with structure loss. Due to the overwhelming cost of this group of fires the Red Cross designated this group of fires a Disaster Relief Operation. The first of these fires, which occurred in South Bexar County, consumed over 350 acres and sadly took the lives of three area residents. Later that evening, the Wood Hollow Apartment fire on the northeast side saw 66 units of the complex suffering major to permanent damage. In one night alone the Red Cross opened 46 cases.
March 18 – The Red Cross responds to another apartment fire, this time at the Fox Run apartments located between Bitters and Broadway close to Mac Arthur High School. Before residents had time to finish with the evening news, all of the residents who occupied the 14 evacuated dwellings were put up safely at a partner hotel.
There was another call at 3:00 am this morning to which the Red Cross responded. On the city’s northeast side the Oak Stone Apartment Fire evacuated 22 residents just before dawn. The other four fires and the number of cases handled by the Red Cross are listed here:
“It’s fitting,” said Michael Bennett Regional, CEO for the San Antonio Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. “It’s fitting that in a month recognized nationally as Red Cross Month that our volunteers are out there on the front lines working harder than ever. We do so because in our world, there’s no such thing as a ‘small disaster.’”
Every 8 minutes the American Red Cross helps a family affected by a home fire, tornado or flood – each one devastating to the people involved. Financial contributions for American Red Cross Disaster Relief allow us to help disaster victims, anywhere, anytime. You can help! Visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or simply text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10.00 donation.
If you need more information please contact Rafael Aviles, Regional Communications Manager / Southwestern Region / San Antonio Chapter of the American Red Cross at (210) 582-1948.
About the American Red Cross:
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.