Red Cross struggles to help 18 people who have lost homes to fires in past 48 hours

The aftermath of a Conway fire that displaced two families of four this weekend.

The American Red Cross Coastal South Carolina Chapter is strapped. Volunteers are helping 18 people find shelter after their homes' caught fire.

Two families of four were displaced after an apartment fire in Conway Saturday morning.

One of those families was Shonda Johnson's. She, her 93 year old mother and her two children ages 5 and 8 have been staying with family since early Saturday morning.

"You never think about it. You never think it's going to happen until it actually happens to you," she told NewsChannel 15 Monday.

In addition to the two Conway fires, a family of 13 living in a Loris home was displaced over the weekend.

"We have them staying in a hotel at this time," says Red Cross volunteer Connie Warren.

The Red Cross also assisted a Little River man who called them Sunday after his home burned down.

Warren estimates they've helped 53 people so far in January.

"In December, we assisted10," she said.

Warren says the biggest way people can help is by donating cash online.

"You imagine a family of 13 that you put up... I estimate {to be} 3,000 dollars just for that one family," Warren said.