UNION — A fire that destroyed a trailer on Long Twelve Street Tuesday night is being investigated by the Union Public Safety Department.
Lt. Kevin Powers said Friday that firefighters were dispatched to 223 Long Twelve Street at 11:06 p.m. and arrived on the scene at 11:09 p.m. Powers said that two fire trucks were deployed to the scene along Public Safety volunteers and that Monarch Fire Department was also called in to assist in extinguishing the blaze. He said that Union County EMS was also called to the scene to check out the homeowner who was outside the trailer when firefighters arrived.
Powers said that the fire was contained and put out by 11:45 p.m. and the last units cleared the scene at 1:01 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Even though firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the blaze, Powers said the trailer was a total loss with damage estimated at $5,000.
No one was injured, however, and Powers said the Red Cross was called in to assist the homeowner.
A press release issued by the Red Cross states that the organization is providing the trailer’s owner with financial assistance for food, clothing, lodging and other essentials, and comfort kits containing personal hygiene items.
Powers said that the cause of the fire is still unknown and so it remains under investigation.
Fire Prevention Month
The press release issued by the Red Cross states that October is Fire Prevention Month and that homeowners can reduce the chances of a fire in their home with these simple tips:
• Make sure your heating sources are clean and properly maintained.
• Fix or replace frayed extension cords, exposed wires or loose plugs.
• Make sure electrical outlets have cover plates and no exposed wiring.
• Ensure extension cords and other wiring is not placed under rugs, attached by nails or placed in high traffic areas.
• Avoid overloading outlets or extension cords.
• Store flammable materials in open areas away from sources of heat.
The press release from the Red Cross also includes the following information about how the public can help the victims of disasters like house fires.
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.