Red Cross closes shelter for apartment fire victims

Several families homeless following fire at apartment complex
14 units were destroyed. (Source: Lisa Weismann)
14 units were destroyed. (Source: Lisa Weismann)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The American Red Cross announced Wednesday they would be closing the shelter opened for victims from the North Charleston apartment fire which destroyed 14 units.

The Red Cross opened the shelter at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Monday and it remained open Tuesday night. Four people stayed at the shelter the past two nights, while others stayed with family and friends.

42 people in all were affected by the fire on Delta Street. The cause of that fire is still undetermined, according to North Charleston Fire Department Spokesperson Bianca Sancic.

Red Cross officials say they will now be working with the families affected on a case-by-case basis to provide food, clothing, and shelter.

During the month of November, the Red Cross has assisted 150 individuals affected by home fires in the Charleston area. It costs the Red Cross an average of $1,250 to cover the cost of assisting a family victimized by a residential fire.

A Heroes for Fire Victims Campaign is in full swing and gives the community the opportunity to be a hero for a family that's lost everything to a home fire.

If you'd like to make a donation, visit or call 843-764-2323 X368 for more information and to donate.

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