While most families are at home safe during the Coronavirus pandemic, a single mother of three has no home to return to.
Natasha Hoard of Stuttgart, who works at Riceland, said she was awakened out of her sleep by her 11-year-old son JayMarrion. JayMarrion, who attends Meekins Middle School, was described as shaking his mother frantically as smoke and flames filled their home Friday night.
“He was saying the house is on fire,” said Natasha. ” I didn’t want to believe it but I could smell the smoke.”
Three-year-old Jace was asleep in the next room.
“The only thing I could think about was getting my babies out of the house,” said Natasha.
With no shoes on and nothing but the clothes on their back, the family was able to get out safely.
Natasha’s 13-year-old daughter, Jai’Lah who attends Stuttgart Junior High, was at a friend’s house.
According to the Stuttgart Fire Department when they arrived at the 1100 block of Cedar Street, flames were visible from the kitchen window.
SFD made entry through the front door and extinguished the kitchen fire.
The cause of ignition is under investigation and while Natasha says she is grateful her family is alive her future is uncertain.
“I don’t know where we are going to live. I contacted the American Red Cross and they said someone would call me back and they haven’t,” said Natasha. “My keys burned up in the fire so I don’t have transportation right now.”
The mother of three said she had just paid her rent and had just bought groceries for her family during this COVID-19 stay-at-home guidance.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family get back on their feet. Natasha said you can also reach her directly at 870-830-2293.
“I keep wishing this was just a dream,” said Natasha. “…but I am so thankful we all walked out of this alive.
Click the link below to contribute through GoFundMe.