Multiple crews battle Corolla apartment fire as Red Cross helps 32 people displaced by blaze – Reuters

The Currituck Department of Fire and EMS reported that at approximately 4:30 a.m. Friday morning July 29, Currituck County Fire-EMS, Corolla Volunteer Fire and Rescue and Currituck County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 800 block of Caroline Court in Corolla for a structure fire .

“Upon arrival, the first units to arrive reported a three-story apartment complex with smoke and an ongoing fire declared,” Currituck Fire-EMS said. “Duck Fire Department, Kitty Hawk Fire Department and Southern Shores Fire Department were added to the mission at the request of Battalion 106.”

An aggressive fire attack was carried out and crews were able to contain the fire to the original ground.

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All occupants were able to evacuate safely. No injuries were reported among firefighters or occupants.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

Late Friday afternoon, the American Red Cross reported disaster-trained volunteers assisting those displaced by the fire.

According to the Red Cross press release, 12 apartments were destroyed in the fire.

“Red Cross Disaster Response Team volunteers were on site and supporting virtually, helping people by assessing needs and providing assistance,” the statement said. “Currently, the Red Cross is assisting 32 people by providing emergency financial assistance for needs such as housing, food, relief items like toiletries, health and mental health services, and a one-on-one support to connect affected residents to additional resources and organizations.”

“Every day, people are forced from their homes by fires, storms or other disasters,” said Courtney Murph, disaster program specialist for the northeast North Carolina chapter of the American Red Cross. “Our Disaster Action Team volunteers respond day and night to meet the immediate needs of their neighbours.”

The Red Cross said people ‘have as little as two minutes to escape from a burning house before it’s too late, according to a Red Cross Survey 2020. The Red Cross responds to more than 60,000 disasters across the country every year and most of them are house fires.

The Red Cross suggests following these steps to help protect your family:

  • Create an escape plan with at least two ways out of every room in your home.
  • Practice your plan until everyone in your household can get out in less than two minutes.
  • Place smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside and outside bedrooms and sleeping areas. Change the batteries at least once a year if your model requires it.
  • Check the manufacturer’s date of your smoke alarms. If they are 10 years old or older, they probably need to be replaced. Follow your alarm manufacturer’s instructions.

Visit redcross.org/fire for more information on home fire safety.

“The American Red Cross is a proud partner of the Albemarle Area United Way,” the Red Cross statement said.

To make a donation to the Red Cross, go to redcross.orgcall 1-800-RED-CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10.

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