Nearly Two Dozen Lose Everything in Fire

Red Cross is assisting residents in starting over


By Monique Williams

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- As nearly two dozen men, women and children attempt to pick up the pieces of a two-alarm fire that destroyed their apartment homes, they are thankful the American Red Cross is helping them survive.

The Columbia/Richland Fire Department responded to the fire at Stone Ridge Apartments on Watermark Place, near Broad River Rd. It happened around 4:30 a.m. Two people were reportedly taken to the hospital for smoke-related injuries.

Meanwhile, the Red Cross reports 18 units sustained damage. Disaster workers are providing assistance to nearly two dozen residents affected. Officials were on the scene speaking with reach tenant, getting them enrolled in the organization's disaster recovery program. The Red Cross is able to provide immediate financial support within the first 72 hours of such a disaster, it says, due to money you donate.

To donate, you may call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to

Fire officials are still trying to determine the cause of the blaze.

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