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Hope after Tragedy

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - After a family of eight was displaced by a fire the Central Louisiana community showed up in force to help.

A week after tragedy struck the Seyller family is thankful for many things.


"I'm just thankful for everybody, if it wasn't for everybody we wouldn't be all together we would have nothing, I just want to thank everyone," said Amanda Seyller.  

An unattended candle caused a blaze that destroyed their home. Stranded and separated, the eight members of the Seyller family thought they had lost everything.

"I went to the bathroom door and I could feel the heat, so when I opened the door and saw it on the wall that's when I turned off the light and told everybody to get out," said William Buford. 

"We got out with nothing, except the clothes on our backs," said Denise Seyller.  

That's when an outpouring of support from friends and strangers touched their lives and restored much of what was lost. 

"They needed some help, and a lot of friends of mine heard about it, so we're just trying to do the best we can especially here at the holiday season, nobody should go without," said Ritchie Martin.  

"It made me excited to see people come and come out and help and concerned about what has happened to someone else," said Rosie Murphy.  

The Seyllers have a new home, furniture and even a Christmas tree. 

"It just feels good, I don't know what to say, we got our own house, thanks to everybody's help, it just feels good," said Amanda Seyller.   

Most importantly this holiday season, they have each other. 

"I think the greatest gift of all, one wish I had was for all of us to be together for Christmas, and with the community's help we are all going to be together on Christmas," said Denise Seyller.  

For information on how you can help the Seyller family contact Ritchie Martin at Martin Meats in Alexandria at (318) 443-5326 or visit the Red Cross of Central Louisiana at http://www.redcross.org/la/alexandria



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