Church helps residents displaced by fire

LEEDS, Ala. (WIAT) — Fifty people are homeless after a raging fire destroyed 20 apartments Friday night in Leeds. A local church is getting involved to help victims.

Members of By Faith Ministries made a special visit Sunday morning to the Oak Trail Apartment complex. They went door to door handing out lunches to residents who lost their homes and even gave food to those whose homes were not damaged in the fire.

Bishop Terry Burrell says it is the right thing to do.

“We are going to be giving out lunches, we are going to be knocking on doors and praying for people telling them that this is not the end. God can rebuild and restore and they can even have better homes then they did before because of things of God. And we just believe this will inspire them and will help them to understand and everything will be alright,” Burrell said.

13095768_1070582526314154_1370816824330791894_nSince the Friday fire a number of donations have been dropped off at the apartment front office. Those items include: Clothing, food and even toys for children. Volunteers say its all being done to help as many people as possible who lost everything.

Twenty units were destroyed, officials say there were no injuries.

Bishop Burrell says when disasters happen its important to give back to those who need help. His church members also offered prayers to comfort the victims.

“Lives could have been lost but no lives were lost and no one was even hurt. God kept those people and saved those people,” Burrell said.

The fire is under investigation while the Red Cross helps find displaced residents a place to live.

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