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Red Cross helps Pottstown family after fire

By Jennifer Joas, Reporter, JJoas@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 23 2013 09:30:33 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 23 2013 10:15:39 PM CST

Members of a Pottstown family are happy be alive after a fire broke out in their home.

POTTSTOWN, Pa. -

Members of a Pottstown family are happy be alive after a fire broke out in their home. They lost just about everything and escaped with only the clothes on their back. But they are still counting their blessings.

"It looks a mess. It looks a mess," said Shirley Johnson, who woke up to the fire. "Everything I have, everything is done."

The Johnson family of 10 stands outside its Pottstown home in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue looking at the damage that has been done just two days before Christmas.

"It just breaks my heart. Breaks my heart," said Johnson.

A fire broke out on the second floor of the home just before 10 o'clock Monday morning and it sent the family into a panic.

"I was like really screaming. I did not want anyone to get hurt," said Sierra Johnson.

Kayla Lofton, 13, escaped through a bedroom window and was saved by a neighbor who brought a ladder to the rescue.

"I just started panicking and I was crying and I just did not know what to do," said Kayla Lofton, who escaped through a second floor window.

Now the house is charred and all 10 members of the family are displaced. But the Red Cross is stepping in to make sure they do not go without shelter.

"The Red Cross provides the immediate needs for the family. So over the next three nights they will be placed in a hotel, having food and clothing," said American Red Cross Lead Responder Ed Kershner.

The Johnsons now have to leave their home just two days before Christmas and all of their presents were ruined. But they are still counting their blessings.

"I am blessed. I have my life. My granddaughter was on the roof and we got her down. My other grandkids, we are here and I cannot ask for more than that," said Johnson.

The fire department is still investigating the cause of the blaze but they are estimating damage to be at least $50,000.