Four members of a Midway, Ga. family displaced after their home gets destroyed by a late night fire.
The American Red Cross provided funds for food, clothing, and lodging. The family was given four personal item comfort kits to get them through the Labor Day week-end around midnight Friday after fire completely destroyed the mobile home they owned.
A 35 year old husband and 23 year old wife were home with their two children (ages 2 years and 3 months) when the fire was discovered. The mother told Red Cross officials on the scene she left a cigarette, which she thought she had extinguished, in the bedroom which may have started the fire. She said she was gone from the room for about 20 minutes. When she returned and opened the door she discovered the room on fire.
The family was able to get out of the mobile home and called 9-1-1. There were no injuries reported. The home was located on the Screven Fork Road in Midway. Fire departments from Midway, Riceboro and Walthourville responded to the fire. Red Cross Disaster Action Team Leader Mark-Moses Hunt says, "This is a rural area and all that is left are the ruins of the home and a lot of mud which made it very hard to get close to the scene. This family has lost everything including all the children's clothes." Hunt also said, "I will meet again with the family on Tuesday to help them start the recovery process. This will include Red Cross referrals to partner agencies." The family has no insurance and will probably have to stay with friends and family after Tuesday until they can get a place of their own. "This was the second home destroyed by fire in a 24 hour period within our region," said Harry Walker a Savannah volunteer.
Red Cross volunteers on the scene were members of the Chapter's Disaster Action Team, a group of specially trained volunteers who respond to the scene of a local disaster when called upon at any time of the day or night.
To help people affected by house fires and other disasters such as this one, call the Red Cross office in Savannah at 912-651-5300, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.