Residents Rally Around Family Displaced By House Fire
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Chattanooga residents are coming together to help a family who lost everything in a house fire.
Labrecia Stephens’ home on Dodson Avenue was damaged Saturday afternoon, after firefighters say some items were placed too close to a baseboard heater, and burst into flames.
Stephens has six children from ages 14 to 7.
Now some of her neighbors are looking to help the family by hosting a fundraiser for them.
Folks will be collecting everything from money and clothing, to toiletries on Monday at noon at Miller Park in downtown Chattanooga.
Stephens says she’s grateful for all of the support.
“I’m just trying to stay strong for my kids,” Stephens said. “I try not to cry, especially around them. I’m OK, as good as I can be.”
“We looked over there. This lady’s whole life is out here on the ground – wet, destroyed, you know, so you can’t have a heart and not think that we gotta do something to try to bring some closure, or give her a little cushion just to help her out,” said resident Anthony Byrd.
Stephens tells News 12 she doesn’t know what’s next for her family. They’re just taking it one day at a time.
She and her children are currently staying at a hotel with help from the American Red Cross.
You can also contact the Boyce Station Neighborhood Association at 423-227-5999 if you’d like to help.