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Red Cross donates money to displaced fire veterans

(Source: Josh Robeson) (Source: Josh Robeson)
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LONGS, SC (WMBF) - A fire erupted this morning at a housing shelter for veterans in Longs. The fire destroyed a major portion of the building and at least four people are now without a place to stay.

The Horry County Fire Rescue Investigators say that the cause of the fire was most likely accidental. But regardless, the retired veterans who called this place home, are now being forced to find shelter elsewhere.

The fire started just after 10 a.m. this morning. Retired Army vet Daniel Morphet says he smelled smoke coming from the common area and quickly called 911 when he saw the flames. He got everyone out of the house safely and attributes his quick thinking to his military training. "I mean it's just like a switch that turns on. Once it's on you know it's all instinct. You just go for it."

The North Strand Housing Shelter is an organization that creates income driven living for retired veterans. They also have a shelter next door for others in need of a place to live. Christina Nelson, Director of The North Strand Housing Shelter, says she was contacted by the Red Cross, who arrived on scene shortly after to assess the situation. And although the fire destroyed many belongings, those involved say they will continue to stay positive. "Being positive about something is going to get you so much farther, faster than being negative about it, being upset about it. And you know, there's a time and place for everything and I really think as a whole, Daniel, our team, you we really came together, we got it done, and we made sure our guests knew it was ok," said Nelson. 

The Red Cross employees say it will be giving the displaced veterans money for food and shelter for the next several days, and that a long term plan will be decided in the coming weeks.

To view previous coverage on this fire, click here.

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