COLUMBIA, S.C. November 27, 2022 – Disaster-trained volunteers with the American Red Cross are responding to an apartment fire that occurred Sunday evening at the Christopher Towers Apartments located at 1805 Devine Street in Columbia.
An estimated 60 units are displaced. An estimated 68 units have been impacted by the fire. The Red Cross is opening a shelter to provide the estimated 50-60 people impacted by the fire with a warm place to stay.
Red Cross Shelter Opening:
Prince Grand Lodge
2324 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29204
"As our teams work with the people impacted, we are certainly thinking about them and want to provide all the support we can," said Rebecca Jordan, the Executive Director of the Central SC Chapter. "This devasting event reminds us that fires can happen anywhere at any time, and we must always be prepared for such disasters. As we head into the colder months, and historically see a significant increase in home fires, we encourage families to practice their home fire safety plan and test their smoke alarms."
In addition to immediate needs, Red Cross team members are providing virtual mental and spiritual care assistance to anyone that may need it.
HOW TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE Help protect your family against home fires by taking two simple steps: Practice your two-minute escape drill and test your smoke alarms monthly. Visit SoundTheAlarm.org for more information and to pledge to prepare your family against home fires.
Create an escape plan with at least two ways to exit every room in your home. Select a meeting spot at a safe distance away from your home, such as your neighbor's home or landmark like a specific tree in your front yard, where everyone knows to meet.
Practice your escape plan until everyone in your household can get out in less than two minutes.
Place smoke alarms on each level of your home, including inside and outside bedrooms and sleeping areas. Change the batteries at least once a year if your model requires it.
DISASTER ACTION TEAM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The American Red Cross of South Carolina needs the community's help to respond to our neighbors in need. More than 2,000 people volunteer with the Red Cross throughout the state. These volunteers answer the call in the middle of the night to comfort a family down the street impacted by a home fire. You can make a difference by turning tragedy into hope. Visit redcross.org/volunteertoday to get started today.
HOW TO HELP: The American Red Cross of South Carolina responds to six home fires every day on average, and in many cases, the families impacted lose everything. Help families get back on their feet by giving the gift of a second chance. Donate to Red Cross Disaster Relief: redcross.org/donate
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 www.redcross.org/SC or @RedCrossSC