Red Cross: 40 Lowcountry families impacted by March home fires

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CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) –

The Red Cross said home fires across the Palmetto State have risen when compared with March 2017.

Impacted families rose 24 percent to 285 cases across the state. The group assisted 130 people and 40 families alone in the Lowcountry.

“As these numbers show, Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers continue to be very busy helping families recover from devastating home fires,” Red Cross Regional CEO Louise Welch Williams said. “Families can have as little as two minutes to escape from a fire, which is why it’s so important they have working smoke alarms and a fire safety plan in place.”

Below are a few fires that happened throughout the Lowcountry in March

March 30: CFD investigating the cause of vacant house fire in downtown Charleston

March 28: Family of 15 thankful to be alive after Ravenel house fire

March 27: Cause of Mount Pleasant house fire ruled undetermined

March 21: Firefighters extinguish fire at Berkeley Propane building in Moncks Corner

March 18: Red Cross assisting family after North Charleston apartment fire

March 16: Firefighter injured in Johns Island mobile home fire

March 12: 86-year-old woman dies in Colleton Co. house fire

March 12: Charleston crews extinguish fire in garage under West Ashley home

March 9: St. Johns crews investigating Kiawah Island house fire

March 8: Emergency crews extinguish house fire in North Charleston

March 7: Two people escape mobile home fire in Berkeley Co.

The Red Cross is also looking for volunteers to help install smoke detectors May 12 in Charleston County. People can sign-up here. There is also an event April 28 in Greenville County.

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