MONARCH — The cause of a fire that destroyed a duplex on Anderson Road in the Monarch Community Wednesday afternoon remains under investigation.
Monarch Fire Department Chief John Flood said that his department along with the Southside and Philippi fire departments were initially dispatched to a duplex at 144 Anderson Road at 5:23 p.m. and remained on the scene until 8:57 p.m. Despite their best efforts, however, Flood said firefighters were unable to save the building which he said was left uninhabitable with an estimated $60,000 damage. Flood said that no one, however, was injured in the blaze.
Flood said that the fire apparently began in the kitchen on the tenant side of the duplex. He said the exact cause of the fire is unknown, however, and remains under investigation.
In addition to the Monarch, Southside, and Philippi fire departments, Flood said the City of Union Public Safety Department and the Bonham, Buffalo, and Cross Keys fire departments were also dispatched to the scene. Flood said they were needed because when firefighters first arrived on the scene, it appeared there was not a fire hydrant nearby and so the other departments were called to the scene to bring water to battle the blaze.
There was, however, a fire hydrant nearby, but Flood said firefighters did not see it until later because it was concealed by Pampas grass.
Red Cross Assisting Families
The families that lost their homes to Wednesday’s fire are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross.
In a statement released Wednesday, the Red Cross announced that its disaster-trained volunteers are assisting a total of four adults by providing financial assistance for food, clothing, lodging and other essentials, and comfort kits containing personal hygiene items.
The press release states that “we are now entering the coldest months of the season, which means the threat of home fire deaths is still very real. When heating your home, please remember that space heaters need just that: space. Be sure they are three feet away from anything that can burn: furniture, bedding carpets, rugs, and curtains. Children and pets should be kept away so they do not get burned. Make sure the space heater is off and unplugged before leaving a room or falling asleep. It is important to plug the space heater directly into an outlet and not an extension cord. Before you plug it in, inspect the power cord before each use. If the cord is worn, broken or loose have the appliance professionally repaired or replace it.”
How To Help
Help people affected by disasters and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. People can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Become A Volunteer
To join us, visit redcross.org today to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application.
Download Emergency App
People can download the free Red Cross Emergency App now to be ready in case of a disaster in their community. They can use the app’s “I’m Safe” button to connect with their loved ones. The Emergency App can be found in the app store for someone’s mobile device by searching for “American Red Cross” or by going to redcross.org/apps.
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.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.