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Red Cross uses Upstate apartment fire to spread word about prevention


REPORTER: FIRE DESTROYED MUCH OF
THIS APARTMENT BUILDING. TAKE A LOOK HERE. CHECK OUT THE EXTENT OF THE
DAMAGE. ALL THE WAY DOWN HERE, FOLLOW
THE CAUTION TAPE UP TO THE ROOF. YOU CAN SEE THE CHARRED REMAINS
LEFT BEHIND AND SOME LESSONS
LEARNED.>>EVEN THE TREES CAUGHT ON
FIRE. THIS HAD TO BE SOMETHING HUGE. REPORTER: FROM THE SIGHT, THE
SMELL. AND THE SOUND.>>IT’S NOT THE BEST, BUT
EVENTUALLY YOU TUNE IT OUT. REPORTER: JADA BROWN FINDS IT
DIFFICULT TO IGNORE THE CHARRED
REMAINS OF THE APARTMENT NEXT
DOOR. SHE WAS COMING HOME FROM WORK TO
SEE CAUTION TAPE SURROUNDING
THIS BUILDING FRIDAY.>>I WAS LIKE, DANG, THEY LOST
EVERYTHING.>>THERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU
CAN’T WERE — CAN’T REPLACE. PHOTOGRAPHS AND OTHER THINGS. REPORTER: LISA COLBY WITH THE
RED CROSS SAYS VOLUNTEERS HAVE
WORKED ALL WEEKEND TO PROVIDE
RESOURCES TO THE FIRE VICTIMS
ABOUT 45 IN ALL. COLBY IS USING THE APARTMENT
FIRE TO WARN ABOUT POTENTIAL
FIRES IN THE FUTURE.>>AS THE TEMPERATURES WILL
START TO DROP IN THE COMING
MONTHS, WE’LL SEE AN UPTICK AS
WE DO EVERY YEAR IN THE NUMBER
OF HOME FIRES. REPORTER: THE FOCUS LIES ON
PREVENTION, COLBY SAYS, NOTING
THE RED CROSS IN SOUTH CAROLINA
HAS SAVED 65 LIVES MORE THAN ANY
OTHER RED CROSS REGION IN THE
COUNTRY. SHE CREDITS PREPARATION,
INSTALLING AND TESTING SMOKE
ALARMS, CREATING ESCAPE PLANS,
AND HEATING AND COOKING IN YOUR
HOME SAFELY.>>RENTER’S INSURANCE AND ALL OF
THAT, MAKING SURE OUR FIRE
ALARMS HAVE BATTERIES IN THEM. REPORTER: PREVENTION LINGERS IN
JADA BROWN’S MIND NOW MORE THAN
EVER.>>WOW, IT’S STILL WOW. I’D NEVER THOUGHT THE APARTMENT
ACROSS FROM ME WOULD BURN DOWN. IT’S A LOT TO TAKE IN
REPORTER: YOU CAN TELL STILL
SOME PEOPLE LIVING IN THIS
APARTMENT, VISIBLY SHAKEN AFTER
THIS FIRE. ONE WOMAN WENT TO THE HOSPITAL. EVERYONE WHO LIVED HERE FOUND A
PLACE TO STAY. THE WOMAN WHO WAS HER TWIN TO
THE HOSPITAL BUT SHE SHOULD BE
OK.

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