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Six families homeless for the holidays after fire

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Updated: 11/25/2013 6:22 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- More than a dozen children and their parents are homeless after a fire ripped through their apartment building.

It happened around 10 Monday morning at the Victory Pointe apartments on the Westside.

"My neighbor's knocking on my door like, 'you gotta get out, The apartment's on fire. The apartment's on fire the apartment's on fire,'" said Mickya Mccowan.

Mccowan had just laid down to take a nap when she heard the pounding on her door. Her apartment building was on fire.

"It was just up in flames," she said.

In all, 21 people, including 15 children, don't have a bed to sleep in Monday night, Mccowan's 5-year-old daughter included.

"I don't even know how I'm going to be able to explain that to her, like we aren't even going to be able to stay at home," Mccowan said.

She's learned her unit is a total loss -- her daughter's bedroom suffering the worst of the damage. And tucked away in the closet next to little Johnecia'a room, a stockpile of Christmas presents, now nothing but a pile of ash.

"This is a lot to deal with and explaining to a 5-year-old that stuff I'd purchased for Chrismas, all that's gone," she said.

It's a devastating loss for the mother who worked so hard to provide for her daughter. But she said this Thanksgiving will mean more than any other.

"I'm going to be even more thankful for what I have. People need to learn to appreciate what they have because it could be gone just like that," she said.

The apartment complex is working to find the effected families available units. The Red Cross is also assisting.

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