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Future Is Uncertain For Eight Families Left Homeless After A Fire

By: Michel Mason Email
By: Michel Mason Email

The future is uncertain for eight families left homeless by an apartment fire in Pikeville that killed a mother and her teenage son.

The survivors have until noon Friday to stay in the hotel where the Red Cross put them up over last two days.

Patsy Williamson says she rushed to help rescue neighbors and pets when the fire was consuming the apartment building Tuesday night.

Williamson and several residents who survived the fire are now left to wonder what happens next.

“The reality is I can sit in my vehicle. That's going to be really hard and the thoughts of it terrifies me,” Williamson said.

She's says several people have come forward since the fire to offer food, clothes and toys.

She can't help but worry about where she and her neighbors will be sleeping come Friday.

“Furniture I don't need right now, I need a roof over my head and these children need a roof,” Williamson said.

Kristi Ratliff says what happened Tuesday is still sinking in.

The working mother with a young son says she was finally getting settled and now she has to start over again.

“I was working we had extra money to spend on extra toys and stuff and then all the sudden in one instant everything is gone,” Ratliff said.

Ratliff and her neighbors have banded together these last two days to help each other find places to stay.

She's says the hardest part is trying to comfort a young child who keeps asking to go home.

“It's really heartbreaking to see your child look at you with those eyes and ask you to take him home and you can't do anything about it,” Ratliff said.

Some of the displaced families returned to the building to try and salvage some of their belongings.

Visitation for 41-year-old Tammy Lockhart and her 17-year-old son Justin Lockhart began tonight in Pikeville.

Funeral services are Saturday afternoon at one at J.W. Call Funeral Home.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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