The American Red Cross is assisting two Jasper County families this week after their homes were destroyed by unrelated fires over the weekend.
Both families -- one in Hardeeville, the other near Okatie -- are being given money for food and clothing lost in the blazes, according to Red Cross news releases. In addition, comfort kits filled with supplies were handed out to replace personal items, the releases said.
Hardeeville Fire Department crews responded to the first blaze at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday at a home on Red Dam Road near Sgt. Jasper Park, according to Fire Chief Daniel Morgan.
Two adults and three children escaped and called 911. No injuries were reported, Morgan said.
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It took crews about four hours to extinguish the blaze at the one-story home. Fire officials believe the fire, which destroyed the home, was caused by a space heater kept in a hallway that malfunctioned.
The Red Cross is replacing eyeglasses and medications destroyed in the fire, a release said. The youngest child also received a stuffed animal, according to the release.
On Sunday at about 4 p.m., Hardeeville firefighters also responded to a blaze at a mobile home on Lowcountry Drive near Snake Road, according to Morgan.
An adult at the home was burning trash in the backyard and had left the fire unattended. The fire spread underneath the mobile home and ignited it, he said.
The home's two adults and one child did not report any injuries. Crews had the blaze under control quickly, but worked to put out hot spots for about two hours, Morgan said. The home had extensive damage, he said.
The Red Cross provided temporary shelter to the family, as well as medications and medical equipment, a release said.