The U-Haul Company of South Carolina is offering a month of free storage to residents who have been displaced because of fires at Heritage Trace, Hampton Forest and Huntington Downs.
“This is something that we do throughout North America, whether it’s tornadoes, fires or floods,” said Ashleigh Wagner, a U-Haul spokesperson.
The American Red Cross assisted 24 people displaced by the fire by providing food and clothing for them. It offered to place them in the Jameson Inn, but none of them needed that service, said Mary Thomas, a fundraising officer with the Upstate S.C. Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Thomas said the Greenville area has been especially hard hit by fires this year.
“We’ve had a lot of disasters this year,” she said during a previous interview. “It’s just been horrible.”
Some residents don’t have anything left to store. Powdersville Fire Chief J.T. Tingen said that four second-story apartments were a total loss, while four first-story apartments had received significant water damage. Investigators ruled that a charcoal grill started the fire, which started on Friday, July 24.
U-Haul leaders encourage anyone with a reusable box to drop it off at the nearest U-Haul location and allow another family to reuse the box, free of charge — instead of throwing it away.
“These fires caused tremendous damage and inflicted extreme hardship on Greenville and Powdersville residents,” said Ray Moore, president of U-Haul Company of South Carolina. “I hope this effort will provide assistance to families that truly need a helping hand. We will continue to help our friends and neighbors in their time of need.”
Families needing more information about the 30-days-free self-storage assistance program should contact one of the following properties:
U-Haul Wade Hampton
529 Wade Hampton Blvd.
Greenville, SC 29609
U-Haul Storage Roper Mountain
24 Roper Mountain Road
Greenville, SC 29607
U-Haul West Greenville
1406 Grove Road
Greenville, SC 29605