Aiken County family starts over after fire

By: Gene Petriello Email
By: Gene Petriello Email

News 12 First at Five, August 15, 2007

AIKEN CTY, S.C.--It's the fourth day of frustration for a family from Aiken County trying to start over. They lost their home during a fire on Saturday night.

Frustration and strength. That's what the Bass-Jackson family has been feeling for the past four days.

The family of 6 spent the last 3 nights in a hotel, thanks to the American Red Cross. But starting to tonight, they'll have to start paying for the hotel on their own.

The family says they are frustrated by the lack of progress and help from agencies outside The Red Cross.

Marcus Bass says his family is still waiting to hear from The Salvation Army.

The house was insured and the family met with the insurance adjuster this afternoon.

The only thing getting the family though right now is each other. But even that is a challenge in the confined living space.

"We are still together keeping a smile on our face. And we are living day by day and we are just hanging in there," says David Jackson, the step-dad.

19 year old Brientley Bass adds, "If someone is feeling sad and you're not, it kind of brings it onto you and it makes you sad. You don't have any personal space to yourself."

When News 12 met with the family this morning, David Jackson said his family has found a house to rent.

The Bath Fire Department investigated the fire. They say the cause is undetermined.

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