Family of five loses home to fire

By: By Charles Warner - [email protected]
Charles Warner | The Union Times The interior of this house at 140 Hamm Street, Monarch, was badly damaged by fire early Tuesday morning. Three fire departments and volunteers from a fourth were on the scene for 2 1/2 hours extinguishing the fire. The blaze, which is believed to have been electrical in origin and originated in the kitchen, left a family of five homeless. The family is being assisted by the American Red Cross.
Charles Warner | The Union Times While most of it was confined to the interior of the structure, some of the damage caused by a fire to a home at 140 Hamm Street, Monarch, was visible Wednesday morning. The Monarch, Bonham, and Philippi fire departments together with volunteers from the Union Public Safety Department spent more than 2 1/2 hours at the scene extinguishing the blaze. The fire which apparently originated in the kitchen and is believed to have been electrical in origin, left a family of five homeless. The family is being assisted by the American Red Cross.

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.

Red Cross

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.”

Volunteering

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 | The Union Times The interior of this house at 140 Hamm Street, Monarch, was badly damaged by fire early Tuesday morning. Three fire departments and volunteers from a fourth were on the scene for 2 1/2 hours extinguishing the fire. The blaze, which is believed to have been electrical in origin and originated in the kitchen, left a family of five homeless. The family is being assisted by the American Red Cross.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_IMG_1603.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times The interior of this house at 140 Hamm Street, Monarch, was badly damaged by fire early Tuesday morning. Three fire departments and volunteers from a fourth were on the scene for 2 1/2 hours extinguishing the fire. The blaze, which is believed to have been electrical in origin and originated in the kitchen, left a family of five homeless. The family is being assisted by the American Red Cross.

Charles Warner | The Union Times While most of it was confined to the interior of the structure, some of the damage caused by a fire to a home at 140 Hamm Street, Monarch, was visible Wednesday morning. The Monarch, Bonham, and Philippi fire departments together with volunteers from the Union Public Safety Department spent more than 2 1/2 hours at the scene extinguishing the blaze. The fire which apparently originated in the kitchen and is believed to have been electrical in origin, left a family of five homeless. The family is being assisted by the American Red Cross.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_IMG_1602.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times While most of it was confined to the interior of the structure, some of the damage caused by a fire to a home at 140 Hamm Street, Monarch, was visible Wednesday morning. The Monarch, Bonham, and Philippi fire departments together with volunteers from the Union Public Safety Department spent more than 2 1/2 hours at the scene extinguishing the blaze. The fire which apparently originated in the kitchen and is believed to have been electrical in origin, left a family of five homeless. The family is being assisted by the American Red Cross.
Blaze believed to be electrical in origin

By Charles Warner

[email protected]

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.