JONESVILLE — A pot left on a hot stove is being blamed for a fire that left a house on Lee Road uninhabitable Friday night.
Buffalo Fire Department Chief Bryan Gardin said Saturday that his department was dispatched to 347 Lee Road around 10:15 p.m. in response to a report of a house fire. Gardin said firefighters were able to contain the fire to the house’s kitchen and extinguish it but had to pull down the ceiling to make sure the flames had not spread to the roof. He said the cause of the fire was determined to be a pot that had been left on the stove with the heat under it.
While no one was injured, Gardin said damage to the house is estimated at $15,000. He said that based on the damage done the house is no longer inhabitable.
Gardin said the Bonham, Joneville, Cross Keys, and Southside fire departments were also dispatched to the scene. He said fireighters were on the scene for approximately four hours.
Red Cross Assistance
In a statement released this weekend, the American Red Cross announced that its disaster-trained volunteers are assisting the family displaced by the fire. The press release states that the Red Cross is helping three adults and one child by providing financial assistance for food, clothing, lodging and other essentials, and comfort kits containing personal hygiene items.
National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month and the Red Cross is asking people to take two simple steps that can help save lives: check their existing smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home. Every household should develop a fire escape plan and practice it several times a year and at different times of the day. Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Test them every month and replace the batteries when needed.
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.