Red Cross to extend service center for Thomas Fire relief

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The residents left the home believing the trash fire was out, but that was not the case.

Flood said that the fire apparently began in the kitchen on the tenant side of the duplex. When heating your home, please remember that space heaters need just that: space. Children and pets should be kept away so they do not get burned.

Make sure that everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes. Before you plug it in, inspect the power cord before each use.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides worldwide humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.


Salkowski listed a few stats needed for the Ohio River Valley Red Cross chapter: "We need 60 more volunteers in the Portsmouth area".

"You look at all these people that have been deployed to all these disasters - 92 percent of them were volunteers, so we're always looking for volunteers", Dinsdale said. At this time, our local Red Cross needs help, as they are seeking volunteers. They would love to have volunteers from each of their counties for this.

Two others at the house fire in Wahpeton also were given emergency housing from the Red Cross. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/SC or @RedCrossSC.

The first fire started at around 11:30 p.m. Thursday at a vacant building at 39 Milford Avenue and later escalated to a three-alarm fire after it spread to several nearby structures due to strong winds.

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