Red Cross helping families displaced after Greenville blaze - FOX Carolina 21

Red Cross helping families displaced after Greenville blaze

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Fire at Riverbend Condos in Greenville (FOX Carolina/ Jan. 23, 2014) Fire at Riverbend Condos in Greenville (FOX Carolina/ Jan. 23, 2014)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Four units were lost to fire late Thursday night at the Riverbend Condominiums in Greenville, according to firefighters.

A maintenance engineer with the complex says flames raced through four condos, but no one was hurt.

One neighbor said she saw flames coming through her wall. Others who live in the complex said the person who lived in the unit where the fire started was not home at the time.

Six units in the complex were able to be saved from the fire and not damaged.

The American Red Cross was called in to assist the families displaced by the blaze. According to the Red Cross, they are helping the residents with emergency funds for food, groceries, clothing and winter garments along with mental health services in the wake of the destruction.

The Red Cross reminds people to use alternative heating sources like space heaters, fireplaces, or wood/coal stoves to stay warm with extreme caution. Here are some fire safety facts from the Red Cross:

  • Fixed and portable space heaters, including wood stoves, are involved in 74 percent of fire-related deaths.
  • Heating fires are the second leading cause of house fires.
  • Only 26 percent of families have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.
  • Having a working smoke alarm reduces the chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.

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