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      Conway firefighters investigate overnight fire

      Conway firefighters are investigating the cause of an overnight fire that started around 3:45 a.m. Tuesday at 805 17th Avenue.

      Smoke was seen coming from a unit in the Kingston Village Apartments complex, according to Battalion Chief Jeremy Carter with the Conway Fire Department.

      Six apartments were affected by the fire, five of them were occupied.

      Nine people were displaced by the fire , but no one was hurt.

      There is fire damage to Unit B. The fire started in the bedroom, according to Battalion Chief Carter.

      There is also heat and smoke damage throughout the other affected apartments.

      Crews with Horry County Fire Rescue helped fight the fire.

      The Coastal Chapter of the American Red Cross is helping the victims. Financial assistance was given to six adults for lodging and to three adults for food and clothing, according to Red Cross spokeswoman Nanci Conley. Red Cross gave everyone comfort kits with hygiene items and provided referrals to partner agencies for long-term recovery, she said.

      This month, the Coastal SC Chapter of the American Red Cross has helped 17 families and 55 adults and children affected by local disasters. This is more than double the number of people needing Red Cross' help with disaster relief compared to this time last year.

      "Our hearts go out to those who were affected by these fires," said Nanci Conley, executive director, American Red Cross Coastal SC Chapter. "It is through our volunteers and our financial donors that we are able to be there for our community when it needs us most."