Family of 8 displaced by house fire in Summerville

Family of 8 displaced by house fire in Summerville

A house fire has displaced a family of eight, including seven children, in Summerville.

Early Sunday morning around 3 a.m., American Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers assisted the family of eight, who were displaced from their home, located on Violet Drive in Summerville.

The Summerville Fire Department responded to the blaze.

The fire started in a laundry room and was confined to that area.  Smoke and water damage were extensive throughout the rest of the structure making the home uninhabitable. SCE&G was called to the scene to remove the electrical meter.

There were no injuries reported.

The Red Cross provided the family with support for their immediate needs, including financial assistance for temporary lodging, food and clothing, as well as comfort kits, containing personal hygiene items.  Referrals to partner agencies were also provided, to help with the victims' long-term recovery needs.

On average in South Carolina, the American Red Cross responds to a disaster every four hours, the majority of which are house fires.  Last year the Red Cross was able to help more than 7,100 individuals affected by disasters.

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