Tunica apartment fire leaves nearly two dozen homeless

ROBINSONVILLE, Miss. —  A raging fire Monday morning left more than 20 people homeless in Tunica County.

The fire destroyed an apartment building in the 2600 block of Kirby Road in Robinsonville.

With Barbara Berry, a woman who lived in the burned building, what you see is what you get.

“I lost everything but what I’ve got on.”

The woman who called the apartment building home for four years stood in her pajamas with no idea where she and her autistic son were going to sleep.

“Somebody just kicked my door in and said the apartment was on fire.”

The fire took over the entire building and caused the roof to cave in.

“I believe we would have died with the smoke,” Berry said. “Me and my son probably would’ve died.”

The damage was proof enough of what could have happened to her.

“I was scared.  I was kind of scared,” Berry said.

People who lived at the building remembered what was there before flames and smoke took over and tried to figure out what is next.

“I can’t do nothing but cry I mean I lost all of my stuff,” Berry said.  “My daughter was like ‘well momma you still got your life.”

People who live in the complex know this is the way life goes at times, so they are pushing on and hoping for a better tomorrow.

“I’m just going to leave it in God’s hands,” Berry said. “That’s all I can do.”

Tunica County firefighters are still working to determine what caused the fire.

The American Red Cross is assisting some families with basic needs, such as food and temporary shelter.

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