Emergency social services charity comes to aid of house fire victims

by Keith Corcoran

Eight people were displaced in separate residential fires in the region over the past few weeks.

In the most recent incident, a couple and an elderly parent spent Christmas Eve with a nearby relative and were helped by Canadian Red Cross disaster assistance volunteers with meals, emergency lodging and arrangements for clothing purchases.

The trio's two-storey home in Mount Pleasant, near LaHave, went up in flames December 24. The early morning fire destroyed the home, said the Red Cross, an emergency social services charity. No one was hurt. There's no immediate word as to what caused the fire.

Meanwhile, a man hoped to stay temporarily with friends after an early morning fire in Hebbs Cross on November 14 destroyed his mobile home. He and his pet pooch escaped the Mines 2 Road blaze uninjured. "The man credits his barking dog for having alerted him," a statement from the Canadian Red Cross said.

The agency helped with clothing and food purchases.

Back in June, a fire at home off the same road levelled a residence where a man and his two sons lived. They also weren't hurt.

In Queens County, the Red Cross came to the aid of a couple and their two daughters whose two-storey King Street home in Liverpool was damaged by fire six days before the Hebbs Cross incident.

The family was helped with "emergency lodging, food and clothing purchases and other basics while they await a damage assessment and additional help through insurance," the Red Cross said.

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