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Family seeks assistance while recovering from house fire

By Dawn Burleigh

The Orange Leader

 

LITTLE CYPRESS — A family continues to pick up the pieces while recovering from a house fire which has left one hospitalized and the remaining family members homeless.

Brenda Robinson recently moved to Orange to help with her brother after losing another brother.

“I moved here with my daughter and granddaughter after our other brother passed away from a sudden heart attack,” Robinson said. “We are still dealing with losing him when we lost our home.”

Robinson was in the process of obtaining homeowner’s insurance when tragedy struck and the house caught on fire on Feb. 1 of this year.

Her brother, Guy, remains in the hospital from the third degree burns he suffered during the fire.

“We did not have homeowner’s insurance and now we are totally homeless,” Robinson said.

Robinson said her brother was concerned with a yellow jackets nest and one of the insects would sting her eight year old granddaughter.

“He did not mean to burn down the house,” Robinson said. “He ran inside to save the dogs.”

He is still suffering from the physical pain from the burns but is in better spirits as of Monday evening.

“My granddaughter had a doctor’s appointment, so my daughter was not home at the time the fire started,” Robinson said. “If she had been, she would have been trapped inside.”

While Robinson said she has lost all her material items, she is grateful her daughter and granddaughter were not harmed during the incident.

Her sister started a gofundme account to help the family. Robinson is also in the process of filing for disability but has not been approved yet.

For more information, visit GoFundMe.com/whatleyhousefire