American Red Cross Volunteers from multiple response teams were dispatched to the scene after 70 Raleigh Firefighters had contained the massive fire that ripped through a Camden Crest Apartments building on Saturday night. The fire caused extensive damage, displacing 53 residents of 27 apartment units.
More than a dozen Red Cross volunteers assisted residents that were home on Saturday night, and expect to make contact with more people, not on scene at the time of the fire, today and Monday. The Red Cross provides emergency needs such as emergency shelter, food, medical support and counseling; and continues to work with the family until they are on the road to long term recovery.
“Camden Crest Apartments is coordinating with us to ensure all residents are able to transition to new, permanent housing as smoothly as possible. It is helpful to us to have the cooperation and assistance of a great housing partner. Most importantly, it makes the recovery from a tragedy like this easier for those affected,” said Barry Porter, Regional Executive Director for the Triangle Region of the American Red Cross.
“In addition, apartment management required residents to carry renters insurance. It’s a relatively small expense that can really make things easier if the worst happens.” Porter said.
The Red Cross encourages all renters to have renters insurance, and to be prepared for disasters that can and do happen when they are least expected. Find preparedness resources at:
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The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/triangle, join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @TACRedCross.
The Triangle Area Chapter, located in Raleigh, is the central office for the Triangle Region and covers Wake, Chatham, Franklin, Johnston, Lee and Warren Counties. The Highlands Chapter, based in Fayetteville, serves Bladen, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, and Sampson counties. The Central North Carolina Chapter, based in Durham, covers Durham, Granville, Orange, Person and Vance Counties. The Scotland County Chapter, located in Laurinburg, includes a Robeson County Branch, and the Moore County Chapter, located in Southern Pines, includes a Richmond County Branch.