UNION — A half-dozen people lost their homes Friday night after a stove fire that began in one apartment spread to an adjacent one.
Union Public Safety Department Fire Commander Larry Robinson said Monday that his department along with the Monarch Fire Department were dispatched Friday night at 11:13 p.m. to Apt. 110, Horsehoe Circle in response to a structure fire. Robinson said that when firefighters arrived on the scene they saw the fire was in the kitchen in the apartment and centered on the stove area. He said that firefighters subsequently determined that the fire began when food left cooking on the stove overheated and caught fire.
Robinson said the fire spread up through the cabinets in the kitchen and into the attic and the spread through it to the adjacent Apt. 108.
While firefighters would remain on the scene until approximately 3:2o a.m. Saturday battling and extinguishing the blaze and making sure it wouldn’t reignite, Robinson said the building was nevertheless a total loss. He said that the damage done by the fire is tentatively estimated at $120,000 though he suspects it will be more after a detailed, more in-depth assessment is done given that both apartments were damaged.
Despite the damage done by the fire, Robinson said that neither the residents of the two apartments nor any of the responding firefighters were injured.
Red Cross Assisting Families
In a statement released Saturday, the American Red Cross announced that its “disaster-trained volunteers are assisting the two families whose homes were destroyed by the fire.… It states the Red Cross is helping a total of two adults and four children by providing financial assistance for food, clothing, lodging and other essentials, and comfort kits containing personal hygiene items.”
The press release states that “in the middle of winter, nothing feels better than a warm place to rest your feet. Unfortunately many supplemental heating appliances can be dangerous if not used correctly. Space heaters must be kept at least three feet away from anything that may burn and placed on a hard level, non-flammable surface. Remember kids and pets can easily get burned if they get too close. Make sure that the power cord is in good repair, that it is plugged directly into a wall outlet, and do not use an extension cord. Using a stove top or an oven is not an acceptable alternative heat source, it can easily turn tragic. If you used wood, coal, or gas in your home a carbon monoxide alarm is a mandatory safety device.”
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About The American Red Cross
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Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.