Caring community rebuilding fire victim's home

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Fire heavily damaged Anita Seymour's Biloxi home in early August.

At the time, she had six grandchildren living with her and no insurance. But her plight has caught the attention of a caring community, which is now busy rebuilding her home on Randall Drive.

Work were busy Friday morning, nailing, sawing and doing a little demo work at the Seymour home in Biloxi.

The Home Builders Association of the Mississippi Gulf Coast has taken on this re-build as a special project.

"We felt like it was a very worthwhile project, after seeing everything that went on. We noticed on WLOX that this family was in need. And we appreciate your bringing it to our attention," said Greg Smith, with the Home Builders Association.

Various contractors and members of the home builders group are now pitching in by donating labor or materials.

"The Seymours had a fire. And Miss Seymour has six grandchildren and two sons that live here. So, they need a place to live," said Barbara Levine, with the local Habitat for Humanity chapter.

The home builders, Habitat and other groups supporting this project are essentially building the Seymour family a new house from the inside out.

The last time we were inside was when Anita Seymour was showing us the charred ruins from what the fire had left behind. Now, this grandmother is thanking God for sending so much help.  Her grandchildren are anxious to come back home.

"The youngest one was saying, 'Mama, can't we go back to the burnt house?' And I said, 'Honey, we can't go back until the burnt house gets fixed.'  He said, 'Well, tell 'em to fix it!'" she recalled.

Her son, Tim, joined the workers as they removed some bricks, clearing the way for new sheet rock.

"I want to say, thanks for all the volunteers. If it wouldn't be for them, I don't know what we'd be able to do," he said.

This caring community response has given the family some much needed hope.

"We're just thankful," said the smiling grandmother, "Because we just wouldn't get it done if it weren't for these people."

That fire at the Seymour home was August 4th. Just days later, a work team organized by the Biloxi Fire Department helped remove the burned out debris from the home.

The rebuild project should be finished by early next year.

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