Fire victim loses home but not hope

February 10, 2008 1:27:57 PM PST
The bright blue sky can be seen through the charred wood that was the roof of Felicia Amerson's apartment at The Landing complex, off Six Forks Road.

The fire that gutted the two bedroom unit she moved into just seven months ago is the latest in a series of recent setbacks for her.

"I've been through a lot this year," Amerson said. "My mother just died, 10 days before my birthday, my auntie, right behind her. So I'm like, 'Lord, what else is going to happen now,' then my house is on fire. Everything that was in the apartment, everything is gone."

The Saturday night fire affected four apartments at The Landing. Two were burned; two others have water damage. This is the seventh blaze involving Wake County apartments since January 10th.

Amerson told Eyewitness News, that just the other day, "We were looking at TV and I said, 'all these apartment fires [that are] going on;' it was around 9:30 p.m. then. I didn't know that I was coming home and mine was on fire."

She wasn't at home when it happened, because she was out having dinner with a friend. That was lucky, she said.

"When I'm asleep, I'm just asleep. If I had been at home, I'd be dead now."

Now she really considers herself fortunate, even though she lost her job two weeks ago.

"I got laid off two weeks ago. So now on top of this, I'm jobless!"

But she says she is not hopeless.

"I can't lose hope, because I could be dead," Amerson said. "There's a reason all this stuff is happening to me. I don't know why, but God is still keeping me alive. So it's something. I just need to walk into it. I thank God that I'm alive, me and my family are alive."

She will move into another apartment provided by management at The Landing community and figure out what is next for her and her family. She hopes she can find work as a receptionist.


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