ANTIOCH, Tenn. - Just hours after a massive apartment fire displaced 36 people, crews worked to secure the structure so residents could salvage any belongings that survived the blaze.
But for several residents, including Silvia Ticas, everything in their homes was a total loss.
"She says that she's okay, but she is diabetic and she lost all of her medications: her insulin, needles and syringes," said Zacnite Vargas, a friend who helped translate an interview with Ticas. "She feels like the Lord is sustaining her to push forward."
Investigators have not yet determined what started the fire.
The property's manager said it could take more than one year to rebuild the damaged units, leaving those displaced with no choice but to look for new housing.
The Red Cross assisted residents with short term housing, but many will have to rebuild their lives from scratch, including Ticas.
Vargas launched a gofundme to help Ticas buy clothing, food, and medical supplies. You can donate here.
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