"We woke up and it was on fire," Lisa Jenkins told The Brazil Times as she and her three children watched firefighters put out the fire in their apartment in the back lot of the apartment complex. "We're a little bit scared and in shock right now, but we are all right."
Around 10:44 a.m., members of the Brazil City Fire Department initially responded with two fire trucks to put out the fire. Shortly after arriving, off-duty firefighters were requested to report to the scene and a third fire truck arrived on scene as a safety precaution due to the close proximity of the apartment units.
The residents were evacuated in the adjoining apartment due to heavy smoke.
"The Jenkins family lost everything, but I think the neighboring apartment, although it sustained some smoke damage, can be cleaned up," Brazil City Fire Chief Jim Smith said, adding the fire, which started in the living room, would be investigated to determine a cause.
Although finding an economical place to live is a top priority, what the Jenkins family really needs now is clothing.
"I know it's 95 degrees outside, but winter is coming fast," Carolyn Jenkins, Lisa's mother, told The Brazil Times. "If someone has winter coats they don't need, it would be really great to get those."
Carolyn said her grandchildren have school supplies and she's not sure what to do with large household items because they don't have a place to store them now.
"Thankfully they are okay," she said. "A little overwhelmed right now, but they are here with us."
Note: Lisa Jenkins and her three children (one girl and two boys) lost everything during the fire at their apartment Monday morning. Collection of clothing and small household items are being accepted at Carolyn Jenkins home, located north of the Harmony park at 10874 Northridge St.
Items needed include,
* Women's size double extra large shirts, size 7 1/2 -8 shoes and socks and size 16 women's pants and size 11-12 junior pants,
* Boys double extra large shirts, size 6 boys shoes, and size 16 husky pants, and
* Medium adult size shirts, size 9 men's shoes and size 18 boys pants.
Carolyn said people could drop off items anytime during the day on the back deck of her home.