Red Cross Opens Shelter after Apartment Fire in Sumter | Community Spirit
The Red Cross opened a shelter early this morning at the Birnie Hope Center located at 210 S. Purdy Street in Sumter to provide temporary housing to residents that were displaced as a result of an apartment fire at the Oak Land Plantation Apartment complex in Sumter, SC.
In total, one unit was completely destroyed and seven units were damaged, displacing 19 residents. This shelter will remain open until all residents have a safe place to stay.
Since July 1, 2011, the Columbia Region Red Cross has responded to over 967 disasters and has provided immediate emergency assistance to approximately 3,300 adults and children. In Sumter County alone, the Red Cross has opened three shelters this fiscal year as a result of apartment fires.
You can help your neighbors recover from disasters like home fires by making a financial contribution to the American Red Cross today by visiting www.columbiaregionredcross.org or by calling (803) 775-2363. Donations may also be mailed to the American Red Cross, 1155 N. Guignard Drive, Suite 2 Sumter, SC, 29150.