Local American Red Cross volunteers responded to an apartment fire at Oak Creek Village Apartments in Durham last night. The team of Red Cross volunteers helped coordinate assistance in the form of food, shelter, and emotional support to sixty one individuals due to fire damage to the building. So far, twenty one children and forty adults have been assisted by the Red Cross.
According to damage assessments, eight apartments were destroyed and eight received major damage. Fourteen families have been provided safe shelter in hotel rooms and financial assistance for new clothing, coats, infant supplies, food and storage bins. Red Cross Mental Health Volunteers were called in to support victims with their emotional needs.
“We’re deeply saddened for those affected,” said Stan Morris, Executive Director, Central North Carolina Chapter, American Red Cross. “As we continue to provide support to those affected, we also encourage others to take action to minimize the risk of a home fire.”
The Red Cross recommends two easy steps to help protect your home and loved ones from a fire: get a smoke alarm and create a fire escape plan.
* Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
* Place smoke alarms on every level of your home, including bedrooms.
* Test smoke alarms once a month and replace batteries at least once a year.
* Have a plan in place can help you escape, including at least two ways to escape from every room of your home and a meeting spot at a safe distance from your home.
* Discuss the plan with everyone in the household and practice it at least twice a year.
For more Red Cross fire safety and preparedness information visit www.redcross.org/homefires.
To make a financial donation to your local Red Cross to help people affected by house fires and other disasters here in the United States and around the world, people can click, call or text - visit www.triangleredcross.org, call 919-231-1602 or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.