Family of ten left homeless but intact

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POSTED: Friday, February 1, 2013 - 6:45pm

UPDATED: Friday, February 1, 2013 - 6:49pm

Sydney Williams surveyed the damage of the home she and nine other family members lived in Friday. While no two legged members of the family were home at the time the blaze started, her three beloved dogs were. For several hours she said she thought she'd lost her favorite puppy Dino.

"I said, 'oh lord, she's dead, she's dead. She ain't came out mister, she's dead.' he said, 'I don't know ma'am she may come up,’" Williams recalled.

After a few tense moments, the last little member of the family did come back up.

"Then everybody left and I called her and called her, and here she comes," Williams said.

But once she realized her entire family was safe, Williams thoughts turned to where she and her family, including six grandkids were going to live. Though the Red Cross has stepped in for now, soon they'll be left to fend for themselves.

"The Red Cross was pretty good, they put us up in a motel for three days and Sunday we have to find somewhere else to go," Williams said.

"To watch the family yesterday when the kids came home from school, it's just heartbreaking. But it's heartbreaking in every scenario, every family fire is just devastating. But we work with the families so they know there's hope, that they will be resilient, that they will be able to come back from this," Nancy Malone, with the Red Cross recalled.

While Williams said she's pre-occupied about where her family will end up in a few days time, for now she's just thankful everyone is safe, and for the kindness of those that helped her through yesterday's blaze.

"The fire person he was nice, he gave me water and he was very nice. He just told me 'Sydney it'll be all right, it'll be all right," Williams said.

Donations to help families like Williams’ can be made to the Capital Area Red Cross.

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