Family of 10 homeless after Mountain blaze
Red Cross found emergency shelter for eight kids, two adults — but only until Monday
A family of 10 is frantically searching for a new place to call home after being forced out of their Mountain bungalow by an electrical fire.
Cindy Hart spent Friday afternoon combing through what remains of her family’s smoky belongings and looking for a place to live after a fire broke out in the basement of the home she rents on Darlington Drive around 5 p.m. Thursday.
“I don’t even care if I (don’t) have furniture, clothes, whatever — it’s the house,” Hart told The Spectator while taking a break from cleaning out the home.
“There’s eight kids, two adults, and to find a house within our budget that will accommodate all of us, it’s so hard,” she said, choking back tears.
The family — with kids ranging in age from two to 21 — had just finished supper at their 172 Darlington Dr. house, near Upper Paradise Road and Mohawk Road West, when Hart went to her bedroom to watch television.
All of a sudden, she said she noticed smoke coming out of the floor vent.
Hart told her husband she thought something might be on fire in her daughter’s room, so the two ventured downstairs.
“He opened her door, and it’s engulfed in flames.”
The family rushed out of the house — some of the kids in their shorts, others in bare feet — and stood across the street while they watched the home in which they’ve lived for the last year and a half burn.
Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the blaze, without much fire extension to the upper floors, but smoke damage was substantial throughout the home, said Hamilton fire spokesperson Claudio Mostacci.
No one was injured in the fire, which caused $80,000 in damage.
The family’s guinea pig, Mr. Jinx, died in the fire, but they were able to get their pet snake and dog out alive.
The Canadian Red Cross has set the family up at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel until Monday, but Hart said she does not know what they will do after that.
They did not have content insurance and don’t think they will be able to salvage much because of the smoke damage.
A GoFundMe account has been set up by someone who knows the family through the youth group at Peoples Church Hamilton, which is on Mohawk Road West.
“This family needs a helping hand,” the online support campaign reads. “Every little bit you give will help greatly.”
For more information on how to help, visit gofundme.com/family-of-10-homeless-afterfire.
There’s eight kids, two adults, and to find a house within our budget that will accommodate all of us, it’s so hard. CINDY HART HOUSE FIRE VICTIM
Cindy Hart stands in a basement bedroom where four of her kids slept before a fire started in the bedroom behind her Thursday night.