We normally report on the troubles that our community and people face on the morning following a murder, a tragic accident and even fires. But rarely do we as a community look beyond the days when the embers have long cooled in the earth and inquire about the victims. Today we went back to the scene of a fire that left three families without a home, and some living under the stars.
Jose Sanchez – Reporter: “ There is a community at the end of Antelope Street Extension that sits between the proverbial rock and hard place. A myriad of homes connected by a spider web bridge was the scene of a fire that gutted three homes and left thirteen individuals including children homeless. On Mother’s Day we found these women trying to put the pieces on the fence and their lives back together as at night they sleep in makeshift shelters under the stars.”
Monique Dennison – Fire Victim: “The information we got from the fire station was that it was arson and thirteen people live in the little environment here because it is three houses. Right now we are trying to clear up and start back new, get back on our foot but we are seeking for help because we really need help.”
Jose Sanchez – Reporter: “So you are making an appeal to Government, any hardware store or to individuals of such who can assist?”
Monique Dennison – Fire Victim: Monique Dennison – Fire Victim: “Yes sir, yup.”
Jose Sanchez – Reporter: “And if anybody wants to help you maybe to give you a mattress or something like that, how can they reach you and these different families?”
Monique Dennison – Fire Victim: “Well, they can reach me on my number 606 – 7871 or they can contact my Sister-in-Law Chavannie Vega on her number 664 – 3297 because we really need a little assistance because as far as you could see this is what we are staying in right now because we have nowhere to go.”
Jose Sanchez – Reporter: “Any of you are mothers?
Monique Dennison – Fire Victim: “Yes, sir, I have three kids and she has three as well.”
Chavannie Vega – Fire Victim: “My mother has them right now, they are with my mom on Corozal side.”
Jose Sanchez – Reporter: “If anybody can assist you how can they reach you? I know it is a lot of building effort, it is a struggle to it from the ground up.
Chavannie Vega – Fire Victim: Well, my number is 664 – 3297 if anyone is willing to help they can contact me on my number.”
Jose Sanchez – Reporter: “So in the meantime where are you ladies living?”
Chavannie Vega – Fire Victim: “Well right here we are staying in this condition where you see the stars and everything but it is right here.”
Monique Dennison – Fire Victim: “Right here we stay, if the rain comes we will get wet.”
Jose Sanchez – Reporter: “And this is with the kids too.”
Monique Dennison – Fire Victim: “Yes.”
Sherilyn Seguro Fire Victim:” I am a mother of nine and I have my common law. One of my houses also got lost by the fire so I would want to say to the public that, to anybody that can help me in anything, that would be good. Maybe with a few boards so that I can build up my stuff back so that I can provide much better for children. Yes, sir, I have nine children, six girls, and three boys.”
Jose Sanchez – Reporter: “There are flowers being sold and gifted everywhere but for these women and their children spare zinc or plywood would be the best charity you could deliver.”
Jose Sanchez for Love News.