Three Chatham County fires displace 11

Jan. 28, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Three weekend fires in Chatham County left nearly a dozen residents without a home, according to authorities.

Fires burned homes at 10680 N.C. 42, Bennett, 16800 Highway 902, Goldston, and 1228 Jessie Bridges Road, Siler City, according to Chatham County Emergency Operations Deputy Director Janet Scott. The fires occurred when a 24-hour period, she said.

The Chatham/Lee County American Red Cross responded to all the fires and is providing money for food, clothing, bedding and hotels for the families displaced, according to Abby Cameron, the disaster program manager for the central territory of the Triangle Area Chapter.

“All three were total losses,” Cameron said. “… We are currently working with those clients to place them on the referral list for other services, but we will take care of them as long as it takes. Three fires in 24 hours in Chatham County is out of the norm.”

Seven people were displaced in the Siler City fire, and two were displaced in both the Bennett and Goldston fires, she said.

People can make a donation to the Red Cross to support these families and the organization's disaster relief program by visiting redcross.org or mailing a check to Lee/Chatham Red Cross, 507 N. Steele St., Sanford.