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Red Cross helping two local families after their homes caught fire Monday

December 7, 2018

The American Red Cross has assisted two families in Aiken County after both their homes were damaged in fires Monday.

Fire crews responded to the first house fire Monday afternoon on DeLaughter Drive in North Augusta, according to a release provided by The Red Cross.

The Merriwether Fire Department and North Augusta Fire Department responded to the blaze.

The Aiken Department of Public Safety responded to the second fire, which was located at a residence on Charleston Row Boulevard in Aiken on Monday evening, the release states.

No one was injured in either fire, and the causes of the fires are still being investigated.

American Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers responded to each location Monday and are now reportedly helping two adults who were residents at the North Augusta home and one adult, along with three children, who were residents at the Aiken home. The agency is providing financial assistance for food, clothing, lodging and other essentials, and comfort kits containing personal hygiene items.

The Red Cross said they see an uptick in the number of home fires around the holidays each year, and it has been shown that Christmas tree fires are much more likely to be deadly compared with other fires, the release states.

Residents are reminded to 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.

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