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Red Cross Responds to Multi-Unit Fire in Dillon

Fire Safety

FLORENCE, S.C. January 9, 2014 - The American Red Cross Pee Dee Chapter responded to an overnight multi-unit apartment fire in Dillon assisting eight adults and four children who were displaced.  The Pee Dee chapter serves Chesterfield, Darlington, Marlboro, Florence, and Marion counties.
With the extreme cold temperatures this week heating systems are running at full force and people may resort to other sources to keep their homes warm. To avoid fire danger, you should remember the following:
•         Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.
•         If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs. Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
•         If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
•         Use generators correctly – never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.
•         Don’t hook a generator up to the home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.
It takes an average $1,250 for Red Cross to support a family of four impacted by fire. The Red Cross’ Pee Dee Chapter needs the support of the community to provide assistance to families impacted by fire. Anyone interested in supporting the Pee Dee Chapter, can make a financial contribution by calling 843-662-8121 or mailing a check to 1601A West Lucas Street, Florence, S.C., 29501.
Because of trained disaster volunteers and financial assistance from the community, the American Red Cross Palmetto SC Region was able to assist more than 700 families and 2,400 individuals who have been affected by disaster since July 1, 2013. 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 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