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05/31/03

Family Seeks Help After Fire

Fire fighters are still trying to determine what caused a fire that destroyed a Biloxi home earlier this week. Meanwhile, the family who lived in the house, is trying to put their life back together.

As you can imagine, the McClelland family is pretty shaken up. Barbara McClelland and her four children narrowly escaped the fire that broke out in their home on Thursday. Now that the initial shock is over, they're just trying to figure out how to carry on with their daily lives and how to make ends meet.

"It just happened in seconds," said Barbara McClellan. "One moment I had everything I needed, and the next moment, seconds, it was gone."

Memories are about all that's left of the home Barbara McClelland shared with her four young children. Flames ripped through the family's home on Sherry Street, reducing everything the McClellands owned into piles of ash and rubbish.

"We had a lot of stuff we created over the five years we were living here," McClelland said. "Everything we had...gone, in just one second...clothing, everything."

Barbara said the fire broke out some time after 1:30 Thursday morning. The home was quickly engulfed with flames and threatened nearby homes, but the McClellands just say they're lucky they got out alive.

"Just by looking at it, it's real scary. I think about it, every time I close my eyes now at night, what happened. I still see it, see it happening," McClelland said.

Now the family is scattered, living with friends and relatives, but Barbara is determined to rebuild and bring the family back under the same roof again, soon. But she knows she can't do it all alone.

"I need all the help I can get, from anything...clothing furniture, whatever anybody can help me with," McClelland said. "I would surely appreciate it. Me and my family.

Barbara and her family need everything from children's clothes and toys to household items. If you'd like to help out, an account has been set up at the Biloxi branch of Coast Community Bank. The account number is 4049391.

Toni Miles

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