A family of nine was displaced Monday after a blaze at their apartment in Kayton Homes on West Gwinnett Street.
According to Savannah Fire, crews responded to the scene just after 1:00 p.m. to find the fire burning in the attic.
Crews were able to douse the flames quickly. No one was home and luckily no one was injured.
But now the American Red Cross is assisting the mother and her eight children with recovery efforts.
“As you can imagine initially the family is in shock, the next steps are ok we need to figure out what we’re going to do and American Red Cross cases workers are there to be able to support that process,” Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Greater Savannah, Esther Sheppard says.
Sheppard says they have a routine in a disaster situation. Once notified about a fire, caseworkers are dispatched to the scene, they go over options with the family. Those options usually discuss where the family will go whether a hotel or with family.
After, the caseworker provides them with financial support to purchase essentials that would allow them to live daily and get back on their feet.
“When it comes to financial support, the American Red Cross is a volunteer-led organization and we are funded mainly by businesses, by individuals and large corporations in order to help us with our disaster services. To be able to provide that immediate financial support into the hands of those who need it the most,” Sheppard said.
The American Red Cross says they will continue to follow up with the family to ensure they are on the road to recovery.
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The cause of the fire has not been released.
The fire caused extensive damage to the roof and two nearby apartments sustained severe water and smoke damage.
Savannah Fire officials say the mother and her eight children, ages two to 14, were not at home at the time of the fire.
The Red Cross was called to provide them assistance.
No word on the cause of the fire at this time.