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Good Samaritan helps Bridge City family left homeless after fire

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Staying in a hotel room in the days leading up to Christmas is not something any family wishes to do, but for Tracy Hurst and her two kids, it's their only option.
Wednesday night a kitchen fire ripped through the inside of their rental home in Bridge City. They weren't home when it happened, but it destroyed most of their possessions. 

"A lot of clothes, furniture, our beds, the kitchen was destroyed... everything was black," HUrst told 12News Saturday.
Luckily for Hurst's son Tyrique and daughter Aamari, some special items survived the blaze.

"Our presents made it because I hid them," said Hurst.

The American Red Cross put the family up at the Econo Lodge on Texas Avenue, but only for a few nights. Hurst, a single mom struggling to make ends meet, is not 100 percent certain where they'll be staying Sunday night.

"It's scary, because I don't even have a car," she said.

However they're not going through this alone.
"When I heard about what happened to my friend Tyrique, I decided to help him out," said 14-year-old Oceanna Rougeau.
Rougeau, who goes to school with Tyrique, has been walking around town handing out flyers asking for donations of clothes or money for her friend's family, and has collected more than $200.

"I felt sad for what happened to him, and I felt like I needed to help him out because that's the right thing to do," said Rougeau.

"She's been really kind, considerate, and loving," said Tyrique of his friend.

"You have no idea how much we greatly appreciate everyone's help," said Hurst. "The fact that everyone in Bridge City who's helped, it's really made me feel like it's going to be ok."

Hurst says she has found a house for she and her kids to stay in, but as of Saturday she does not have enough money to put down a deposit. She also has no furniture, like beds, to put in the home.

If you would like to help this family, you can drop any donations off at the Bridge City Fire Department.

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