Red Cross Assists 14 Tarboro Residents after Apartment Fire

TARBORO, NC May 9, 2013 — The Red Cross assisted 11 adults and 3 children who were displaced by an early morning fire at Northgate Apartments in Tarboro. Red Cross disaster volunteers, Peter and Ann Wright, received a call around 6am to respond to the fire that damaged 4 apartment units.

“When we arrived the fire department had cleared the scene and the families were waiting outside trying to figure out what to do next,” said Ann Wright. “They were upset but grateful that everyone had gotten out safely.”

The Wrights spent several hours on scene and met with each of the families whose homes had been affected by the blaze to offer emotional support and determine their immediate emergency needs.

“We spent all morning with the families helping them figure out what to do next,” said Wright. “They really appreciated the assistance and we were glad we could help.”

Two of the apartments were badly damaged and the other two were affected by smoke.  The Red Cross provided the families with temporary lodging and assistance for food, clothing, and other necessities.

So far this year, the Frederick E. Turnage Chapter of the American Red Cross has responded to nearly 50 home fires, and provided assistance to more than 150 local residents.  All disaster assistance is provided free of charge to anyone who has experienced a verifiable disaster.

The Red Cross depends on the generous support of our local community to respond to our neighbors who are affected by home fires such as these.  You can help the Red Cross continue to be ready to respond by becoming a volunteer or by making a financial contribution.  Visit or call the (252) 977-1720 to find out how you can support your local Red Cross.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

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