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Dozens left without homes after Mount Pleasant apartment fire

MOUNT PLEASANT, TX (KLTV) -

At least four East Texas families could be homeless at the end of the week. They lost everything in the fire, and the funds that put them up in a local motel are running out.

The fire happened late Sunday at the Pine Ridge Apartments on Lakewood Drive near Mt. Pleasant High School.

Wednesday, two local organizations came to the families' rescue and provided them with clothes and toiletries. They're hoping with support from the community, they can continue helping these East Texans get back on their feet.

Wednesday has been a whirlwind of emotion for Adiah Wario. Two weeks ago she became a mother, after giving birth to her baby girl, Miracle Grace. This week, they lost everything they owned in a fire. Next week they could be homeless.

"It has been really stressful. I had to quit working before she was born because [the pregnancy] was complicated and now everything that I worked hard for is gone," says Adiah.

She lost all of her clothes, the baby's clothes and much more.

"...her crib, her swing, her car seat is barely useable. I had to wash it and re-wash it and re-wash it because we can't have a baby in the car without a car seat," says Adiah.

Wednesday, the women of God's Hand Ups and Angels Among Us brought donations to Adiah and her neighbors. This is their daily routine.

Thirteen families are displaced because of smoke and water damage.  Four families lost everything.

"We've all had to stay here at the Day's Inn. The Red Cross put us up for three nights each, but now we're just kind of at a loss as to where we're going to go from here. We don't know our next step," says Le Hunton.

They hope that next step will reveal itself through help from the community. Their rooms are paid for through Friday.

Tonia Allen and Amy Askew say their work comes from simple compassion by putting themselves in the victims shoes and knowing how much they'd want someone to help them.

"These families are blessed today because nobody lost their lives, but they did loose their homes and everything they own," says Tonia.


"I know God will provide for us in the end," says Adiah.

If you'd like to help pay for a night's stay at the hotel that these families are staying in, call the Mount Pleasant Days Inn at (903) 577-0152.

If you'd like to donate money, food, clothing or other household items to these families, contact either of the organizations below:

God's Hand Ups

Contact: Tonia Allen (903) 931-2892; toniaa32@gmail.com

Drop off donations anytime at: 701 N Main Street, Gladewater, TX 75647

Monetary donations accepted at http://www.gofundme.com/1vdg24

Angels Among Us

Contact: Amy Askew (903) 767-3721

Call for victim clothing sizes needed and to schedule clothing, food or household item drop off.

Monetary donations accepted at First National Bank of Winnsboro. Account name: Angels Among Us.

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