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Red Cross Assists After Multi-Unit Apartment Fire in Columbia

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COLUMBIA, S.C., Thursday, May. 22 – The American Red Cross of Central SC is providing disaster relief assistance after a multi-unit apartment fire in Columbia this morning at the Gable Oaks Apartments of Colleton Street. The fire displaced eight adults and two children.
The Red Cross provided the affected families with comfort kits which included personal hygiene items, and funds for lodging and food, along with referrals to local partnering agencies. 

This is the week’s second multi-unit apartment fire the Central SC Chapter has assisted the displaced families. Red Cross volunteers from the chapter have also provided disaster relief assistance after single family home fires in Newberry, Orangeburg and Fairfield counties.

“The American Red Cross provides vital services after disasters such as home fires,” said Bill Cronin, executive director of the Central SC Chapter in Columbia. “We are asking the community for their support by donating to the Red Cross. Your donation will make an impact right here in the Midlands.”

Because of trained disaster volunteers and financial assistance from the community, Red Cross has been able to help more than 1,400 people 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.

It takes an average $1,250 for The Red Cross to support a family of four impacted by fire. To ensure anyone who needs disaster assistance has the Red Cross resources available to receive much-needed support, please donate by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit  Donations may also be mailed to the American Red Cross Central SC Chapter at P.O. Box 91, Columbia, SC 29202 or by calling the Central SC Chapter at 803-540-1200.

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