Fire ripped through the roof of a home in Tampa, and now the two adults and six young children who live there need a new place to stay.
The fire broke out around 2 Monday afternoon on the 3700 block of East Idlewild Avenue. Flames shot through the roof, torching the kitchen and destroying everything in the house.
The only saving grace, said Ebony Mickens' family, is that no one was home when the fire broke out, including Ebony and her six young children, ages 1 to 7.
"It is destroyed and also half of the hallway. There's a lot of smoke. Kids clothes. Book bags, shoes, toys, all of it has been smothered by smoke," said Morris Green, Ebony's cousin.
Ebony and her kids had just gone to the store. When she got home, there was nothing left.
Investigators say the fire started in the kitchen. They're not sure what caused it yet, but some can't help but wonder if an electrical problem is somehow to blame.
"It could've been late at night. And someone could've gotten hurt," Green continued. "It is a blessing. It's not 'almost.' It is a blessing that no one did get hurt and no one was there."
Now, Ebony and her family are forced to start over. And with six children, they all know it won't be easy.
"She's hurting right now. She's going through some emotions. Hopefully, we get through this," Green added. "We're just hoping and praying something good happens for her."
The family hopes to stay with friends and relatives until they can get back on their feet. The Red Cross is also helping out.
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