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Red Cross to Meet With Fire Victims About Finding New Homes

Posted February 25, 2007
Updated February 26, 2007

— Two separate fires destroyed the homes of more than 100 people in Raleigh. The Red Cross immediately stepped in to provide food, clothing and hotel vouchers. But now time is running out for 36 families to find permanent housing.

Thirty-six families totaling 102 people have stayed at hotels using Red Cross vouchers. All of the families have had their lives disrupted by Thursday’s fires at Pine Knoll Townes and the Pines of Ashton communities.

A hotel room at the Comfort Inn Suites has been a temporary residence for Randolyn Hinton and Manuel Davis. The room is filled with donated goods, which is all that they have left to call their own.

“I never thought that it would happen to me,” Hinton said.

They lost nearly everything on Thursday in the fire that ripped through the Pine Knoll Townes community. But now that the vouchers are running out, Hinton and Davis said Sunday night be their last evening in their hotel room.

"Hopefully I can find somewhere for me to stay and just go on with my life,” Hinton said.

The Red Cross will begin meeting with families early Monday morning to gauge their plans.

"Our first step is to get people in temporary shelter,” said Red Cross representative Barry Porter. “That's why we put them up through the weekend. Then we'll meet with them tomorrow morning. We're not going to leave anyone homeless."

The local chapter of the Red Cross said that because of the large number of people being affected by the fires, they have tapped into the national fund to assist families. They are also accepting donation to help victims.

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  • Steve Crisp Feb 26, 2007

    Uh NC4CAD, I'm 50 and have had plenty of experience. Bottom line is that anyone who is not personally injured and who can not protect themselves against any disaster and provide for self-recovery in the aftermath is not prepared. If you really want to see how important it is to be prepared, download an Excel file at http://www15.pageplanet.com/disasters.xls It's pretty much self-explanatory, but just look at the matrix and start adding the numbers for your scenario. Services start straining badly when you hit an 8 or so. They do not exist when you get above 15 to 18. You need to be personally prepared to shelter in place to at least 30 and prepared to bug out above that. By example, this fire was about a seven. The Raleigh ice storm was about a 10. The Apex fire was around 15, Fran was about a 35 and Katrina was about 50.

  • seankelly15 Feb 26, 2007

    new momma - it is not a renters' policy that is needed, it is a 'H0-6' and it costs far more than 'about a $100 per year'. The actual cost is dependent upon the amount of insurance that you need - $100 per year would not even cover my cookware, let alone my furniture, my clothing, the upgrades to my unit etc.

  • NC4CAD Feb 26, 2007

    wral -at- pageplanet: I was reading all the postings that you posted and I am a bit disgusted with you. Its so obviously you are young and/or you dont have the 'experince' in the real world. I got flash news - life is NEVER that simple or in the way YOU want it to be! Life is full of unexpected experiences.. I know that from my experience. So... When something like this happen to you, get back to us and tell us how that went... in the meanwhile, put yourself in other people's shoes!

  • new momma Feb 26, 2007

    A lot of people are ignorant about insurance...trust me...if it wasn't the law to carry insurance on your vehicle, many uneducated people wouldn't carry it. a renter's policy will cost you about 100 dollars a year...if you can afford to move into a brand new townhouse, you can afford about 10 dollars a month

  • seankelly15 Feb 26, 2007

    wral -at- pageplanet -- you are making assumptions about restricted communities that are not based in fact (I will ignore the shrill tone and the complete lack of empathy). Town homes/condos are covered by a blanket hazard policy that covers the structures. The policy is held by the HOA; only the HOA can initiate the claim (and the insurance company would select the contractor). Separate from the hazard policy would be the equivalent of a renters’ policy that would cover the contents and out-of-pocket expenses (motel rooms or other temporary housing, replacement clothing, household items, etc.). This policy must be purchased by the homeowner; the HOA provides no coverage. These folks may not have understood the need to purchase additional insurance because homeowner's insurance is not available to them.

  • 2alegal Feb 26, 2007

    Now let me tell you about the Red Cross. As spiritwoman stated, when Fran rolled in, I was a red cross volunteer. We cooked nonstop for 13 days feeding residents, national guard and others who were hungry. We took our personal vehicles on the roads loaded with meals and fed others that couldn't or wouldn't get to the drop off space. You work with what you have. Give, give and give some more. Your house could be next. If the giving stops so does the help. If not you, who?

  • spiritwarriorwoman Feb 26, 2007

    wral-at-pageplanet - You must live in Cary, the Home of LaLaLand. First of all, not everyone has credit cards. Secondly, what if theirs burned up with everything else they own. You have great plans, but would quickly find out that when everything you own goes up in smoke or water or wind, great plans often do too. To the rest of you, The Red Cross did a wonderful jobh for Wake and other counties when Fran rolled through. We were all dazed and afraid, and seeing their trucks roll in brought much comfort to us, so to those of you dissing them, why not make a donation instead. Praying for the victims. God bless. Rev. RB

  • Steve Crisp Feb 26, 2007

    They were housing people in a school cafeteria. You mean to tell me that the RC didn't have the means of going out to Harris Teeter, getting the fixings for meals, fire up the cafeteria line and cook food for people who hadn't eaten in seven or more hours? They could have gone to McDonalds and bought burgers and fries if nothing else. The next day I stopped off at a BBQ place and found out that for less than 400 bucks they could have catered everyone there will full dinners on four hours notice -- day or night. But the RC couldn't manage more than crackers and about 20 nasty MREs? They are a joke.

    Bottom line is that in a disaster, no governmental agency or NGO is gonna help you. Sure, they can do a marginally passing job if one house is torched, but in anything of any size you are on your own and had better be fully prepared.

  • Steve Crisp Feb 26, 2007

    Lost everything in a fire once back in the early 80s. It was on a Christmas night when some drunk decided to set his apartment on fire and burn down the whole building. I had full renter's insurance with replacement cost. Had everything functionally replaced and was comfortable in a new apartment in about two days.

    And to oceanchild71, I am more than glad to show the Red Cross how it's done and have done so on many occasions. I even got into it with some idiot representative the night of the Apex fire. My wife and I were watching a live feed from the high school and there were all these people with no food. The RC rep said that they would have full food set up in the morning, but in the meantime they had some crackers. So we went out to Harris Teeter and bought about 300 dollars worth of food, canned meat, fruit, and snacks, and brought it to the school. Over 100 people ate something that held them till morning. Cont...

  • rduhag Feb 26, 2007

    wralatplanetpage----wow I hope your perfect world never comes crashing down around you...then again---you don't have a heart so you won't have to deal with the emotional aftermath of a catastrophe----