Family reaches out for help after losing everything in fire
By Andrew Keller, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -
The sounds of the interstate echo down Lorado Street in Flint and the stench of smoke still lingers in the air. The home that still stands is tattooed with damage and now sits empty.
"Next thing we know, our house was gone in a matter of seconds, just as fast as you could snap your fingers, we had lost everything," said Latika Simpson, who lost everything in a fire Tuesday night.
Simpson said she was cooking up a pot roast dinner when the smoke alarm started chirping on Tuesday night. Smoke and fire forced her and her four kids to escape with only the clothes on their backs, standing barefoot in the freezing snow watching the flames take over.
"We didn't even have a chance to really even think, because when we looked back, everything was just engulfed in flames," said Simpson.
On Wednesday night, the family was still dressed in the clothes they escaped in. The pictures of the entire family together were lost in the blaze.
"Like, all of our memories, my prom, senior pictures, cap and gown, all of that, we lost all of it," said Simpson's daughter Diamond.
The Red Cross has put them up in a hotel and the rebuilding process has begun. Pastor Kevin O'Neal is the director of the Good Samaritan Network and stepped in this morning.
"One thing they didn't lose was each other, and we're grateful for that. We're glad that we're simply trying to find necessary items, clothes, school supplies, and not have to plan for a funeral," said O'Neal.
The organization helps put families who experience bad luck back on their feet. The Simpson's say they could use the help and other good Samaritans pitching in.
"Mr. Keith gave us a rare hope and showed us a beginning of how to start, and where we go from here," said Simpson.
According to the Good Samaritan Network, the family needs everything from school supplies to winter clothing. Simpson has three daughters, aged 19, 14, and 4 and a son who is 12 years old.
For more information on the children's clothing sizes or if you're able to help this family out, visit the Good Samaritan Network website at GSNCares.com.
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