Home fires keep Red Cross volunteers busy this week

When most people hear “American Red Cross disaster response,” they think of the large-scale disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes.

However, of the 70,000 disasters the Red Cross responds to nationwide each year, more than 90 percent are home fires.

Over the last week, our volunteers throughout the region have been kept extremely busy providing assitance for families displaced by home fires as well as canteening for local fire departments and other first responders.

Red Cross volunteers prepare food and drinks for first responders at the industrial fire in Lenoir.

 
In the last seven days, we have responded to 18 fires (more than two a day!):

  • A Wednesday fire in Stanly County displaced family of four and 12 dogs (8 puppies): the Red Cross gave assistance for food, shelter and clothing
  • A Wednesday fire in Burke County that destroyed the home and displaced a family of four. The Red Cross provided emergency assistance and community referrals.
  • A Thursday afternoon fire in Mint Hill displaced family of two, and the Red Cross gave assistance for food and shelter
  • Thursday night apartment fire in Charlotte displaced six families, for whom the Red Cross provided cots and blankets and assistance for emergency needs
  • A Thursday night empty house fire in Cornelius, where the Red Cross canteened for fire department for about four hours
  • A Thursday night fire in University Area in Charlotte that displaced a family of four, for whom the Red Cross provided assistance for food and shelter
  • A Friday industrial fire in Lenoir where we provided food and drinks for the first responders (including lunch donated by Chick-fil-A)
  • A Friday home fire in Rowan County that displaced a family of two, for whom the Red Cross provided emergency assistance
  • A Saturday evening fire in Charlotte that displaced a family, for whom the Red Cross provided emergency assistance
  • A Sunday afternoon fire in Charlotte that displaced a family, for whom the Red Cross provided emergency assistance
  • A Sunday night fire in Gastonia that displaced a family of three, for whom the Red Cross provided assistance for food and shelter
  • A Sunday fire in Bessemer City that displaced two adults, for whom the Red Cross provided assistance for food, shelter and clothing.
  • A Sunday fire in Cabarrus County that affected four families – one of which was a mother and four children. The Red Cross provided emergency assistance on an as-needed basis for food, shelter and clothing.
  • A Sunday evening fire in Mooresville that displaced a family of four, for whom the Red Cross is prepared to provide assistance should the family need it.
  • A Monday afternoon house fire in Burke County that displaced a family of four, for whom the Red Cross provided emergency assistance for food, shelter and clothing.
  • A Monda fire in Rowan County that displaced two adults that their three children, for whom the Red Cross provided emergency assistance.
  • A Monday night fire in Gastonia that displaced a family of four, for whom the Red Cross provided assistance for food, clothing and shelter
  • A Monday evening two-alarm apartment firethat affected four families, for whom the Red Cross provided emergency assistance  

Last year, the American Red Cross responded to more than 63,000 home fires – that’s one every eight minutes! But unlike other disasters, most home fires can be prevented.

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