Saturday, December 20, 2014

Brundidge Family Homeless After Fire
By Brittany Bivins

A Pike County family of six is homeless, after a fire destroyed their house and everything they owned. Now they're reaching out to the community for help.The Christian Family moved to Brundidge a year ago from Florida. Now days before Christmas, they're living out of hotels.

Ernest and Michelle Christian and their four children say they were settling into life in Brundidge. They came here when Ernest Christian began work as a minister at Jesus Christ Church of God the Bibleway. Last Friday night, as they drove home from church services, everything changed.

"I didn't have a complete view of the house, but I was looking at, you know, it looks like there's some flames or something, something's kinda high over there, it looks like it's on fire, but I really didn't think it was on fire," said Michelle Christian.

"I do remember running through the house and the roof, the center was in fire and I was calling the dog's name, but he wasn't responding," said Ernest Christian.

He managed to save the dog, but nothing else. "We lost everything in the fire. The birth certificates, the social security cards, so like right now, trying to find housing, you need those things, you need the birth certificates and social security cards, and we have to go all the way back to Florida to retrieve those," said Michelle Christian.

"I had a Seminole cover that i had since i was a baby, and I've been taking it between states everywhere I go, and when I found out it caught on fire, I was kind of sad," said Bakari Micco, the couple's 13-year-old son.

Church and community members have been helping them with food, clothes and personal items, but the family will need more. They've been staying in hotels, but say they can't afford it much longer. "I want to have a new house, but it doesn't have to be that big. I just need someplace to stay. We have a whole bunch of things, canned foods, clothes, but we don't have any place to put them. If you don't have any place to put it, it's just, it's like you don't live anywhere," said 9-year-old Elise.

Fire investigators have not ruled what caused the fire. The Christians say they don't have a long-term plan. For now, they're taking it one day at a time.

If you want to help the Christian Family, you can contact the Jesus Christ of God the Bibleway Church at (334) 735-0499.