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Red Cross Assists After Apartment Fire in Columbia

American Red Cross

COLUMBIA, Friday, Nov. 25, 2013 – The American Red Cross responded to a multi-unit apartment fire this afternoon affecting one unit with four adults and four children at Paddock Club Apartments, 4824 Smallwood Rd. in Columbia. The Red Cross provided comfort kits, lodging for three nights, and referrals to partner agencies.

This month, the Central SC Chapter of the American Red Cross has responded to thirteen home fires and assisted 50 individuals.

“As families gather for the holidays this upcoming week, it is important to remind each other to be safe during our peak season for home fires. Fire prevention education and safe cooking practices are essential to making sure your family and guests are safe, but the Red Cross will still be there when you need us,” said Bill Cronin, Central SC Chapter Executive Director.

It takes an average $1,250 for Red Cross to support a family of four impacted by fire. Currently the Red Cross’ Central SC Chapter has an ongoing initiative called “Fire Hurts. Red Cross Helps.” aimed at ensuring families impacted by fire have the Red Cross resources available to receive much-needed support. Anyone interested in donating to “Fire Hurts. Red Cross Helps.” can make a financial contribution to the American Red Cross by visiting Donations may also be mailed to the American Red Cross Central SC Chapter at 2751 Bull Street, Columbia, SC 29201. For more information call 540-1240.

Because of trained disaster volunteers and financial assistance from the community, Red Cross has been able to help more than 4,300 individuals and 1,300 families affected by disasters in the Palmetto SC region since January 1. On average, the American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region responds to a disaster every 6.5 hours. The Palmetto SC Region is made up of seven Red Cross chapters spanning 35-counties of South Carolina.

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. For more information, please visit