Eight Mississippi families lose their homes in fire days before Christmas


WALLS, Miss. — A fire at the Laurel Park Apartments in Walls left eight families in need just two days before Christmas.

Multiple families were impacted, including several who reportedly had young children. There are no reports of any injuries at this time. Despite the fire, everyone said they are grateful they made it out alive.

“I thank God we do have our life. But the only thing that hurts so bad when you work so hard for what you got and it’s gone,” April Small, fire victim, said.

Smalls says she had just left her now charred apartment building when she got a call that it was on fire, with more than $4,000 worth of Christmas presents destroyed.

“Lost everything. I’m talking about everything that was up under the tree with my kids. It’s hard but I know it’s going to be ok,” Small said.

Small is only one of the eight families who lost everything in the fire. Laura Murray says her aunt Sandra Lee is an entrepreneur who lost her entire livelihood for her business in the fire.

“She’s hurt but she’s keeping faith. She’s keeping faith. She’s a christian woman and she’s keeping faith,” Murray said.

One woman who did not want to be on camera says she was home when the fire started hosting a slumber party for her sister’s 12th birthday.

“I can tell my daughter is traumatized. My daughter is just one and coming down those stairs, my baby was one of the one’s screaming to the top of her lungs,” the lady said.

We were told the Walls Fire Department will be taking donations for the families from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you would like to help here are some links:

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DeSoto Co government Facebook page:

This is a developing story.

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