Everyone got off safely, including the family dogs. The family cat did not make it and most of the belongings were destroyed.
New Orleans – Two years ago, Christina Edwards bought what she calls her dream home in New Orleans.
“That was obviously the deck of the deck,” Edwards said, pointing to the house. “That’s the side of the apartment that I rent and then the kids and I live on the other side.”
For this single mother, the duplex on Rue Napoleon was a way to support her teenage son and young daughter, even on Saturday mornings. As someone was being picked up from the airport, her phone rang.
“At 7:15, my son called and said, ‘Mom, the house is on fire,'” Edwards said.
The fire ripped through the back of her 100-plus-year-old home.
“Horror, just utter horror,” Edwards said. “I just started crying, please no, please no.”
It took the firefighters about 30 minutes to put out the flames. Everyone got off safely, including the family dogs. The family cat did not make it and most of the belongings were destroyed.
“The soot was about an inch thick in our bedrooms,” Edwards said. My daughter lost all her toys.
The fire was just the beginning of the losses.
“What was not damaged by the waters was taken over by thieves,” said Edwards.
Edwards says thieves broke out the same night, stealing her television sets. It didn’t stop there, even after Edwards boarded parts of the house.
“My front door was locked, but last night they broke in and got more stuff in,” Edwards said. “They took all my toiletries.”
A home fire investigator on Tuesday was working to find out what happened. Fortunately, the house can be saved, Edwards says, but it won’t be livable for a while. Insurance will help in the long run, but basic necessities are required now.
“Sunday was a really bad day,” Edwards said. “I was having a hard time breathing because I was thinking, ‘How am I going to pay for all this myself? “
With no other family in town, Edwards knows it will be some time before her dream home becomes a reality again.
“Even if it’s not fixed, I want to go home. I want to be home,” she said.
The family will stay in a hotel until they can figure out what to do next. A family friend started a GoFundMe account to help recover.
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