House fire on Middle Branch Rd. in Darlington: Red Cross urges help for family

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American Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers are assisting a family, whose home, located on Middle Branch Road in Darlington, was destroyed by a fire this morning. Darlington County Fire District responded to the blaze. The Red Cross is helping two people by providing financial assistance for food, clothing, lodging, and other essentials, and referrals to partner agencies to assist the family with their recovery.

The Red Cross is asking people to take two simple steps that can help save lives: check their existing smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home. Every household should develop a fire escape plan and practice it several times a year and at different times of the day. Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Test them every month and replace the batteries when needed.

South Carolina consistently ranks within the top ten states for home fire deaths per capita and the Red Cross, on average, responds to a home fire every four hours in South Carolina.

To help neighbors affected by disasters become a Red Cross volunteer or make a financial contribution to Red Cross by calling 843-662-8121 or visiting www.redcross.org/SC.

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.

Author: Jana Pye

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