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Red Cross Assists 51 Displaced by Fires over the Weekend

Fire Safety

COLUMBIA, S.C., Monday, March 17 – The Red Cross Palmetto SC Region assisted 51 people displaced by seven single-family and two multi-family fires over the weekend. This month the Red Cross has assisted more than 200 people after home fires. 

“Homes fires continue to impact our families on a daily basis in our local region,” said Bill Cronin, Central SC Chapter Executive Director. “We could not assist so many without the generous support of our donors, and we continue to need the community’s support to help so many displaced after home fires.”

After a fire the American Red Cross assists with emergency needs of those impacted including temporary lodging, food, essential hygiene items, health services, and emotional support people may need as they recover from a home fire. Peak fire season runs from October through March.
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The Red Cross needs the community’s support for victims of home fires and other disasters. It takes and average of $1,250 to support a family of four impacted by fire. Anyone interested in making a financial contribution to the American Red Cross can visit or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or by contacting their local Red Cross chapter.

Because of trained disaster volunteers and financial assistance from the community, Red Cross has been able to help more than 1,100 people affected by disasters in the Palmetto SC region since Jan. 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