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Two Cambridge Families Homeless After Fire Destroys Apartments

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- Two families are without a home just days before Christmas. 

On Sunday night, the Diaz and Gonzalez family had to flee their home as flames tore through the upper levels.  What the fire didn't destroy, the water used to subdue the flames did destroy.

The roof is almost gone.  Pieces of a life shattered by this destructive fire are scattered across the yard.  Young children lived here.  Fortunately, everyone is okay, but just about everything that Erika Diaz, her husband, and her upstairs neighbors had, is now gone


"We actually didn't get out the door with anything.  When the firefighters were done laying out the fire, they asked if we wanted anything out of the house.  And I said the briefcase full of papers and if anything else was in there.  They said everything else was water damaged, smoke damaged, or had caught on fire," said Diaz.

Only a pack of diapers for 2 year old Christian remained undamaged alongside the briefcase.  The struggles haven't ended there.  The Diaz's and their neighbors the Gonzalez's have been looking for homes since the fire, but so far, no luck.

"So far we haven't found anything at all.  So after today, I don't know where we're going to stay at," said Diaz.

A family friend, Jenna Keller of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, heard about the fire, and since she knew someone who had also suffered a fire around Christmas a few years ago, she felt compelled to help.  A facebook page and a GoFundMe campaign have been created to help both families get back on their feet with food, clothing, and supplies.

Diaz is thankful, and is staying strong for her son.

"He's always happy, I want him to stay happy.  He's only two, so he doesn't know anything bad happened and that's how I want him to see it.  I don't want him to suffer."

Diaz says her upstairs neighbors, who did not speak to WBOC, had several items including a wallet and a tv stolen from their apartment following the fire.

The Facebook page can be found here. The GoFundMe campaign can be found here.
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