Family gets help after fire destroys home

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (WPRI) — One family out of the 15 residents who were displaced by a multi-family house fire in Central Falls has been receiving some much needed help.

The Carter family is focusing on getting their lives back to a form of normalcy after losing everything.

“I don’t know. You just never know when something like this would happen to you,” said Erika Carter.

Last week, firefighters battled flames amid strong winds to a three-story home on Central Street.

Photos: Central Falls fire >> (Credit: Francisco Soares)
Photos: Central Falls fire »
(Credit: Francisco Soares)

The fire chief said the home was uninhabitable and would have to be torn down.

Erika was at college when her home went up in flames.

“I was just thinking about my little sister,” she said. “Is she home? Was anyone at the house? Like, my mom didn’t even know.”

The family has received help from the Blackstone Academy Charter School in Pawtucket, where Erika graduated and her younger sister Ariana currently attends.

The school started a GoFundMe page that has collected more than $4,000 in four days.

The sisters are grateful and said that the money they have received will go toward renting a new apartment.

“It’s like amazing what they’re doing for us and it’s mostly people that we don’t know stepping up to help us,” said Ariana Carter, a junior at Blackstone Academy.

The Fire Marshal’s office said the fire started by accident in a trash can outside of the building.

The Carters, for the time being, are staying at a Comfort Inn until they find a more permanent address and a new place to call home.

“We’re going to have to force ourselves to be comfortable,” said Erika Carter, “but we’re also going to be very thankful that we even have a house to live in.”

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