Hoover elementary school helps students, families displaced in apartment fire

Hoover elementary school helps students, families displaced in apartment fire

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Eleven students at one Hoover elementary school are now without a place to call home after an apartment fire Sunday.

Ebonee Elliott and her family lived in one of the destroyed units at Riverchase Landing Apartments.

Hoover firefighters work apartment fire Sunday night. 20 units were damaged.
Hoover firefighters work apartment fire Sunday night. 20 units were damaged.

She said this is the second time she’s lost almost everything in a fire. She said she and her families will bounce back, but they’ll need help.

And that’s where her kids' school is stepping in.

Ebonee Elliott and her family lost mostly everything in the fire.
Ebonee Elliott and her family lost mostly everything in the fire.

“Y’all pray for us over here," said Elliott’s husband Rodrick on Facebook live, as he filmed the fire Sunday night.

“I was in a ball of tears at this moment,” said Elliott. “Just could not believe it. It’s unreal.”

She said she watched as nearly everything she and her family had go up in flames.

“I was like, ‘It is so hot in here.’ And then something caught my eye. And when I looked out, I could see the flames just going,” she said. “And I told my husband, ‘The apartment is on fire!’ And they were like, ‘What?’ And I’m like, ‘We have to get out the apartment is on fire.’ The longer we stayed, the hotter it got.”

Within minutes, Elliott, her husband, her daughter and son were out of their unit.

Elliott's children are two of 11 Riverchase Elementary students impacted by the fire.
Elliott's children are two of 11 Riverchase Elementary students impacted by the fire.

“Funny thing is my son grabbed his WWE belt, for his own comfort,” she laughed.

Her son and daughter are just two of 11 students from Riverchase Elementary displaced in the fire.

A total of 9 families at the school were affected.

And walking through the units now, you can see right through the ceiling.

“You’re just kind of like, ‘What do you do?’ You just pick up the pieces and try to go on,” said Elliott.

Ebonee Elliott
Ebonee Elliott

Hoover Firefighters still investigating what caused the fire.

Elliott and her family cherish the special items they were able to salvage.

“What’s in that apartment are things. We can rebuild. We can get those things again. My family is safe, I’m safe, we have our being, we have our health, we’re happy. Despite it all, we’re here,” said Elliott.

Video of what the damaged units look like now.
Video of what the damaged units look like now.

Riverchase Elementary is collecting donations to cover living and moving expenses. If you’d like to donate, follow the instructions listed in this Facebook post by Riverchase Elementary.

Thanks for outreach of support for our families who were affected by the recent fire. Mrs. Tanner and Dr. Turney have...

Posted by Riverchase Elementary School on Tuesday, January 22, 2019

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