Two disasters, two homes, one family

by Brandon Richards bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - For Natalie Robinson, a partially burnt children's Bible found in her son's bedroom is a testament to her family's remarkable strength, because her family has lost two homes to two disasters in just four years.

"This [Bible] made it, so this says something," Natalie said.

In 2005, the family's old home was lost to Hurricane Rita. The family's new home was destroyed by fire on Friday.

"The house, we'll deal with it," said Natalie's husband Jamie. "I'm upset but I couldn't imagine something happening to my family."

Natalie was the only person home when the fire broke out Friday morning. Thanks to quick action by her brother-in-law and a neighbor, Natalie was able to make it out to safety.

"They pulled me out and the firefighters said I was within 15 seconds of not being here," recalled Natalie.

The Robinson Family spent part of their Sunday rummaging through the rumble of what use to be their house. It was Natalie's first time stepping foot on the charred grounds of her house.

Close friends showed up to help the family search for salvageable mementos like pictures.

Natalie was disappointed because she thought she had lost the Christmas plates her children had made for her through the years. To Natalie's relief, the plates were found later in the afternoon, all of them in good condition.

The Robinsons have been staying at a family member's house ever since the blaze on Friday. The American Red Cross has also been assisting the family with basic necessities.

The family has insurance, but they are thankful to other family, friends and the Red Cross for being there for them in their time of need. 

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