KELLY-KELTON — The American Red Cross is assisting a family whose home was destroyed by a fire being investigated by the Union County Sheriff’s Office and the SLED Arson Team.
Kelly-Kelton Fire Chief Wesley Pruitt said Monday that his department was dispatched to 280 Cudd Lane at 7:05 p.m. Sunday in response to a report of a structure fire. Pruitt said that when firefighters arrived on the scene, they found “heavy fire coming out of the roof of the residence along with heavy smoke.”
Pruitt said that the Lockhart, Philippi and Jonesville fire departments were also dispatched to the scene and assisted in battling the blaze. He said that the Union County Rescue Squad was also dispatched to provide additional manpower. Air One from the Buffalo Fire Department was also dispatched to the scene.
While they immediately got to work extinguishing the blaze, Pruitt said firefighters remained on the scene until 8:45 a.m. Monday when the scene was turned over to the Union County Sheriff’s Office and the SLED Arson Team. Pruitt said the Sheriff’s Office and SLED were called to the scene because the fire was “suspicious in nature.” He said that as of Monday morning the fire was still under investigation.
Pruitt said that while the residence was a total loss, there had been no injuries. He said that no one was home at the time of the blaze.
In a statement released Monday, the American Red Cross announced that its “disaster-trained volunteers” had assisted the “family of six — four adults and two children — whose home” at 280 Cudd Lane had been “made unlivable by the fire.” The press release states that the Red Cross “met the immediate needs of the fire victims by providing financial assistance for temporary lodging and for replacement of food and clothing, along with blankets, comfort kits, containing personal hygiene items, and referrals to partner organizations to assist with the family’s long-term recovery.”
The press release further states that “in South Carolina, the American Red Cross, on average, responds to a disaster every four hours. The Palmetto South Carolina Region assists over 7,100 individuals people a year, 2,000 of them children, affected by disasters, the majority of those being home fires.
It states that “to help neighbors who have been affected by home fires, as well as other disasters, become a Red Cross volunteer or make a financial contribution by calling 864-583-8000 or visiting www.redcross.org/SC.”
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or email@example.com.