Tuscaloosa apartment fire leaves 19 people homeless

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Four Tuscaloosa families will now have to find another place to live after an apartment fire destroyed their homes on Wednesday.

The fire at the Creekwood Village Apartment complex left 19 people displaced, including 13 children.

Patricia Frank says she lost most of her belongings in the terrifying ordeal, but thankfully her family is safe.

“It was in one of the bedrooms and when I saw the smoke and the fire I panicked,” Frank said. “I heard the smoke detector going off and I didn’t know why it was going off until I saw the fire and the smoke. It was scary and I am glad my family is okay.”

The fire started in Franks’ apartment in her bedroom. Her daughter and three grandchildren were in the home at the time, but they were able to escape safely. Although they only have the clothes on their back, they are happy to be alive.
“It is a good blessing because we can get material stuff back, but we can’t get our life back,” Franks said. “We are just taking it one day at a time trying not to look back at what happened. It is going to be hard moving forward but we are blessed.”

Beakie Powell from the American Red Cross in Tuscaloosa says the organization is providing assistance to help the 19 victims.

“Our caseworkers are on site and they are providing them with assistance for a place to stay,” Powell said.

If you would like to help the families who lost their homes, Powell says you can drop off donations at the American Red Cross in Tuscaloosa until Monday.

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