LAUREL, Del. - A Friday evening fire has left a Sussex County family homeless two-and-a-half weeks before Christmas. Elizabeth Nailon and her family were out enjoying dinner Friday night when they received a phone call from their neighbor. The family learned their house in the Layton's Riviera Mobile home park was on fire. By the time they returned home, just minutes later, there was nothing left.
"Where do I go from here? Everything we own was in there," Nailon said. "We finally got able to have a place to live and be stable and now it's all gone."
Firefighters told the family they believe the electric heater in the bedroom started the blaze, although nothing can be confirmed until a full investigation is completed. Nailon lived in the home with her fiance and her two young children. The whole family was getting excited for Christmas day, just a couple weeks away.
"We just did, two days ago, go Christmas shopping," Nailon explained. "Everything we had is gone. Everything. The tree. All it is a skeleton of the tree left. We have nothing."
Nailon told WBOC that the Red Cross has put her and her family up in a nearby hotel for the next few days. However, when that stay concludes, they will be own their own and in desperate need of help.
"Please help her. Help her try and get another place. Somewhere to go. She only has three days in the motel. She has nothing. Anything they can do to help," said Nation's sister, Bar bra Graham.
"Anything will help. A night in a hotel. A shirt. A pair of jeans. Anything will help," Elizabeth Nailon said.
The family plans to set up a fund early next week in hopes the community may rally to help them this holiday season.
If you would like to assist the family in any way, they ask that you please call either Bar bra Graham at (302)-236-6444, or Elizabeth Nailon at (302)-362-3985.
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