MONARCH — A family of five lost their home early Tuesday morning to what was apparently an electrical fire that began in their kitchen.
Dr. John Flood, Chief of the Monarch Fire Department, said that firefighters were dispatched to 140 Hamm Street, Monarch at 1:24 a.m. Tuesday, in response to a structure fire. In addition to Monarch Fire Department, Flood said that the Philippi and Bonham fire departments also responded to the scene as did volunteers with the Union Public Safety Department. He said firefighters would remain on the scene until 4 a.m. extinguishing the blaze
Flood said the fire appears to have started in the kitchen. He said the family that lived at the house had been out that morning trying to help a relative find her dog. When they returned to their home, Flood said they saw smoke coming out of the building and called for help.
While from the road the exterior of the structure appears largely intact, Flood said the damage to the interior was so severe as to make the structure unlivable. Flood said that based on the damage it appears the fire started in the kitchen. While the exact cause of the blaze is still unknown, Flood said that since the structure was undergoing renovations he suspects it was electrical in origin.
Flood said that no one was injured in the blaze.
In a statement released Tuesday morning, the American Red Cross that its disaster-trained volunteers are helping the family by providing financial assistance for food, clothing, lodging, and other essentials, and also providing comfort kits containing personal hygiene items.
How To Help
The press release points out that “nearly every eight minutes, the Red Cross meets “a family that has lost everything to a home fire or other disaster — the roof over their heads, their clothes, their most cherished possessions. Each time, it is the start of a new story, one in which fear turns into hope, and despair turns into determination.”
It states this story “is made possible by compassionate people like you. Donate today. Your gift can provide hope and urgent relief, like food, shelter and other essentials to people who need it most. In times of tragedy, you have responded to the call to help. If we each help one family, think of what we could do. Visit http://www.redcross.org/local/south-carolina/ways-to-donate to learn more.”
To join the Red Cross, 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.