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Strangers Help Mother Displaced By Mobile House Fire

Posted at 10:04 PM, Aug 07, 2016

A group of people helped a mother of a four-year-old son displaced by a house fire in East Nashville two weeks ago. 

Ilonda McKnight said an electrical issue most likely caused a kitchen fire that nearly swept her mobile home. 

It happened on the property located in the 2700 block of Dickerson Pike. 

"It's scary because you walk away for two minutes and your stove is on fire," McKnight told NewsChannel 5. 

The structure remained intact, but a majority of McKnight's belongings were damaged and forced her to move out.

Her co-worker contacted the Nashville Chive for help and one of its leaders reached out to the members on Friday.

Several people contacted McKnight that same day. Some visited her new house in the Levy Place neighborhood throughout the weekend to donate items like a bed, couch, toys, kitchen items, and bathroom supplies. 

"I'm a mom, and I know what it's like to have people help you when you can't help yourself," Melissa Fennell, a member said. "You got to get help somewhere."

McKnight signed up with the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency last year and was contacted this past week to move into a new home. 

She did not know the people who were dropping off new items, but she's grateful.

"I'm blessed because there are people in far worse situations, and these people are helping me," McKnight said. 

No one was injured in the fire.