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Apartment Fire Leaves Four Biloxi Families Homeless

Plumes of smoke billowed from a Biloxi apartment complex, and part of Eisenhower Drive was shut down to traffic as police and firefighters battled to put out a fire at the Raintree Apartments Tuesday. No one was injured, but the blaze left at least four families homeless.

"I lost everything, everything. I don't know what I'm going to do," fire victim Diedra Jackson said.

Soon after fire broke out at the Raintree Apartments, Diedra Jackson rushed home from her job at Keesler Air Force Base. She found her apartment gutted by fire. That means her daughter and two grandchildren are now homeless.

"At least I have my grandson. Yep, my grandson. I'm just thankful he wasn't up in there."

Billie Jo Ricks was home when the fire started.

"I was in my apartment, cleaning my apartment, and all I know is that I had one of the firefighters, policeman come through the building and say that there was a fire. I opened the door and saw smoke coming into my apartment and that was it," Ricks said.

The fire destroyed four apartments. For Diedra Jackson, this is the second time in a year she's lost her home.

"I lost everything in the storm, too. And now this. Katrina, it really took a toll on me, to lose everything from that. And now, a fire. I don't know. I don't even know," Jackson said.

Once it was safe to take a look around, Jackson went into her apartment. Not all was lost. She found her Bible and family pictures that survived Katrina.

"They turned out good, just a little bit damaged, and that's it. My kids, when they were small, and one of my grand babies," Jackson said.

If you'd like to help the Jackson Family, an account has been set up at Keesler Federal Credit Union.

Fire investigators believe the fire started on a second floor apartment balcony where a resident was barbecuing.

by Toni Miles

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