UNION, Miss. (WTOK) - For residents of Union Square Apartments, the terror of Monday morning's fire is all too real. Flames rippled through Building C around 3:00 AM.
"It’s scary. You could feel the heat all the way on the other side of the sidewalk. The flame was so hot. A lot of people were scared that night. I feel for everybody who lost their homes. Some people don't have a place to go back to. Everyone has somewhere to lay, but that night when that happened, no one had anywhere to go,” says neighbor Cassidy Harris.
Harris says he woke to someone banging on his door, yelling about a fire. Luckily the fire did not spread to other buildings, but Harris says he can't imagine what his neighbors are going through.
"It’s hard to come out from your comfort zone, somewhere you have been for a long period of time. It just makes it uncomfortable. So I just want to say a prayer for the people and hope that everything will be successful and we can build and help them get back in their normal state,” says Harris.
Harris says he knows everyone will do all they can to help.
"For our closest friends, it's a tragedy. I feel sad. We try to help all we can. If they need anything, money, food, water or anything, we're there to support them," says Harris.
The families are rebuilding, with the help of the community and Free N'Deed Ministries' Nell Totten. She says she has received hundreds of donations, which she plans to distribute to the families at a Sunday gathering. She invites the whole community to attend.
If you're interested in donating, contact Totten. Her phone number is 601-504-4075. Donations can also be dropped off at Free N’Deed Ministries in Union or Déjà Vu in Meridian. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.