Mother, children still fighting for lives after Calloway Cove Apartment fire

Mother, children still fighting for lives after Calloway Cove Apartment fire

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A mother and her three children are still fighting for their lives four weeks after a massive fire tore through the Callow Cove apartments in North Jacksonville.

Action News Jax spoke with the victimss family at the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church.

They opened up for the first time since the fire, asking the community for its continued support and prayers.

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Letesha Ethridge Hines is sat next to her little brother, Keyon Ethridge, as they fought back tears. 
  
"It was meant for him not to be there because he could be in a hospital also and he need to be their strength, their voice," Ethridge Hines said.

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A fire that broke out last month tore through the Calloway Cove Apartments, leaving nearly a dozen families without homes.

Ethridge's wife and their three children were caught in the fire and rushed to the hospital with severe burns.

Ethridge Hines says her sister-in-law, Nicole Ethridge, went back into the apartments to try and save her kids.

"She did what a parent would do. any parent. Nicole has endured so much," Letesha said.

Keyon Ethridge told Action News Jax he's been having trouble sleeping and eating.

These days, he spends a lot of time traveling back and forth to Boston, where all three children are recovering, and Gainesville, where his wife is being treated.

"Seeing what I'm seeing in Boston and Gainesville and dealing with my family … it's so hard," said Keyon.

His 2-year-old  still has nightmares.

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"She screams. She relives what happened, and for him to see it and you can't do nothing but wait it out," said Ethridge Hines.

Doctors say Nicole Ethridge has a 50 percent chance of surviving.

"Nicole really, really need prayers," said her sister-in-law.

If you would like to help the Ethridge family, you can click here, or drop off donations at 1265 Lane Ave. S., Unit 7, between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.