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Officials ask for donations for families displaced by Anderson fire

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The fire-destroyed apartment building. (Aug. 14, 2013/FOX Carolina) The fire-destroyed apartment building. (Aug. 14, 2013/FOX Carolina)

Officials are asking the public for donations after a fire ripped through an apartment building in Anderson on Wednesday, displacing 36 families.

Groups from around the area have come together to rally for donations to help the victims of the fire that destroyed the Azalea Apartments on Nunnally Road at Highway 187.

Donations are needed for ongoing food and housing services and the transitioning of the families into new housing, according to Jason Hughs, a representative for the Salvation Army of Anderson.

Anderson County Fire Chief Billy Gibson said some families had lost just about everything.

Gibson said the timeframe for transitioning to a new home after the fire could be up to 6 months, but with public donations that time could be significantly quicker.

The fire was contained mainly to two apartments, but Gibson said the building's design held all of the heat inside, leaving behind a lot of smoke, heat and water damage, making the entire building uninhabitable.

Gibson said three residents were injured. He said one person injured their legs trying to escape the fire, and two others suffered from smoke inhalation.


Officials said donations can be made at the following organizations who are working to help the victims:

  • United Way
  • Anderson EMS
  • Anderson Fire Department
  • Salvation Army of Anderson
  • The Red Cross
  • Anderson Interfaith Ministries
  • Anderson County Emergency Preparedness
  • Zion Fire Department 
  • Haven of Rest Ministries

Specify that the donation if for the Azalea fire. 

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