More than 20 affected by fires on consecutive nights in Clayton County

More than 20 people accepted Red Cross assistance in Clayton County this week, including seven who were displaced from their homes, after separate residential fires broke out two nights in a row.

No one was injured in either fire, said Laura Richardson, chief of staff for Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services.

The first happened before 9 p.m. Monday at the Forest Valley Mobile Home Park, American Red Cross spokesman Evan Peterson said in a news release. The fire began at a vacant mobile home and spread to the home next door, according to Richardson.

The damage affected a family of eight, officials said, including three people who were displaced and needed assistance with lodging. Red Cross volunteers helped the family with their emergency needs.

On Tuesday night, Red Cross volunteers responded to the second fire in Morrow around 8:15 p.m., Evans said. A building at the Flats at 1885 apartment complex just off Harper Road was burned, and 15 people needed Red Cross assistance. Though the apartment complex is not advertised as student housing, it is within walking distance of Clayton State University.

Four people were displaced from their homes as a result of that fire, Richardson said.

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