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Family of four lose everything when home burns

A single mom and her three young daughters lost everything when their rental home in Liberty County was leveled by fire around 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

The family lived on CR 333 and had been in the process of packing up to move out when they took a break and drove to Bristol, where they got lunch and stopped at the playground at Veterans Memorial Park.

Kimberly Adkins said her children had been sick the night before but seemed a bit better that morning, so she brought them to the park for a while before they resumed packing.

The children, who are two, seven and eight years old, were playing when Kimberly got a call from a friend who told her the house was on fire. “I thought it was a joke,” she said.

When they returned to their residence at 20919 NW County Road 333 they found the home had fallen to the ground around their boxed and burned possessions.

“We’ve gone back there three times and dug in the ashes to see if we can salvage anything,” Kimberly said. There was nothing left.

Fortunately, she had already made arrangements to move into another rental home in Bristol. “We’ve lost everything,” she said, but was quick to add that at least, “We have a roof over our heads.”

She told the Bristol Fire Department that she had experienced electrical problems at the home a couple of weeks earlier.

The family has received some food, clothing and housewares from Helping Hands and the Calhoun-Liberty Ministry Center. “The Red Cross also helped us out but funding is difficult for them due to the hurricane,” she said.

They are in need of furniture and, Kimberly admits, it would be nice to find a few toys for the girls. “This has been rough on them,” she said.

Her oldest daughter has special needs and suffers from seizures. The little girl especially misses her two “tie blankets,” which is a special design of fleece blanket with knotted strips attached all around the edge. “She loved them,” her mother said. “It’s the only way I could get her calmed down.”

They have received some donations from the community, including a much-need twin bed frame and box spring for her oldest girl, and a full size bed for her.

CURRENT NEEDS:
• A set of bunk beds to fit in a tiny room, along with an additional twin mattress to go with a bed frame that has already been donated.

• A couch, dressers or night stands would also be helpful.

• Kimberly works from home and if she is to continue to do so, she will need a tablet or computer.

• Blankets, towels and wash cloths.

• Children’s large size diapers.

• Clothing for the two year old: 18 M - 24 M clothing, shoe size 6 -7 for toddlers.

• Clothing for the seven year old: wears clothing in sizes 6-7, needs a size 1 or 2 shoe.

• Clothing for the eight year old: size 7-8 clothing, wears a size 10 in jeans and requires size 2 or 3 for shoes.

Robin Hatcher set up a fundraiser at Tolar School Thursday where students can buy shaved ice cones for $2 to $3 from a concession trailer during their PE breaks.  All of the proceeds will go to the Adkins family.  The two oldest girls attend Tolar.

A fundraising page has also been set up at www.gofundme.com/fire-took-everything-we-had.

If you would like to help, please contact Kimberly at (850) 295-2009.

 

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September 8th, 2017

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