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Thanksgiving Day Fire Displaces Jacksonville Family

6:47 PM, Nov 28, 2010   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  A Jacksonville family is without a permanent home after a Thanksgiving day fire caused heavy damage to their Southside condo.   

"It's overwhelming," said Erin Wagner.  

Wagner is still in wonder as he looks through what's left of his home of more than two years.  An electrical outlet in the master bedroom is blamed for a fire that broke out Thursday afternoon.

"I went back to the porch and I saw like fire everywhere," said 13-year-old Fernando Floyd, Jr.

Floyd had just returned home from a friend's house when he saw the flames.  He immediately called his parents.

"I said 'get out of the house'," said Wagner.

The teenager grabbed the family pet, ran downstairs, alerted neighbors and pulled the fire alarm.  Firefighters quickly arrived but the damage had already begun.

"The whole living room is gone, our furniture, our tv's, everything we had is trashed," said Wagner.

Blinds and even a ceiling fan melted from the flames.  Clothes are damaged or destroyed, along with many memories.  The family had just recently put up their Christmas tree which is now knocked down.  It's just some of the signs of a tough situation for the family.

"We're trying to figure things out real quick," said Wagner.

A hotel room is now temporary home for the Wagners, courtesy of the Red Cross, but this help will end soon.

"I'll sleep on a floor anywhere. I don't care about myself. I just want my kids to have what they need to be ok, to not have to worry about simple things like where they're going to brush their teeth or where they're going to be able to lay their head at night," said Wagner.

Fernando and his 6-year-old brother Brody have at least one of the comforts of home, video games.  For Fernando, he also has the most important thing.

"It's ok as long we're all ok. We're all together," he said.

They're displaced with no home to go to right now.  Still, they manage to think about the positive.

"We're together. We're together," said Wagner.

If you'd like to help the Wagner family out in this tough time, you can call the American Red Cross at 904-358-8091.

You can also make donations through the Agape Family Fellowship Church courtesy of Denise Wollitz:  10600 Colerain Road, St. Marys, GA 31558. 







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