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Family loses everything before Christmas
BRIDGE CITY- by Haley Bull
The last thing Tracy Hurst expected before Christmas was to be staying at a hotel.
"We need everything, it's all gone," Hurst said. She lost everything in a house fire.
"Overwhelmed, scared to death you know, even when we get in a house," Hurst said, "We still gotta replace everything."
Wednesday night, Hurst came home to a house destroyed by a fire on Live Oak St. in Bridge City. Today, she's staying at an Econo Lodge with her 14-year old son and 8-year old daughter. The Red Cross is providing the stay until Sunday. After that, she doesn't know where they'll go.
"I'm just thinking I don't want to be homeless for Christmas, really don't want to be homeless for Christmas," Hurst said. "We've been homeless before and I don't even want to go there."
Hurst said they moved to Bridge City to make a new start.
"I was so excited that I was finally able to buy presents this year. It was only two, but it was still presents for them, you know," she said.
The presents survived the fire, covered in soot, but keeping the family's holiday spirit alive.
"I was kind of in the same situation, I was not being able to have a Christmas really a couple years ago and I had a random family just come help us so I thought it would be very nice and respectful if I did the same," Oceanna Rougeau said.
She's best friends with Hurst's son. She's posted fliers at local businesses, raised money and is planning a Christmas act of kindness.
"I'm giving them a Christmas tree," Rougeau said.
It's a giving spirit that the fire couldn't destroy for Tracy Hurst. She's donating a pile of clothes that her family can't use to another family in need.
Hurst said she's found a house but is still trying to raise enough money for the place.