SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Firefighters with the Summerville Fire Department are investigating an apartment fire, they confirm.
The fire is at Summer Pine Apartments on Diana Court in Summerville.
American Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers are assisting 14 residents of Summer Pines Apartments.
The Red Cross is working with partners, including Summerville Fire Department, to assess the needs of the families and provide assistance.
Red Cross volunteers are providing residents with comfort kits containing personal hygiene items, financial assistance for food, clothing, lodging and other essentials, and referrals to partner agencies for long term assistance.
Home fires continue to be the largest disaster threat in the United States, according to the Red Cross.
Last year in South Carolina, the Red Cross helped more than 6,500 people after home fires.
The Red Cross is asking people to resolve to be ready by taking 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.
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