Families left homeless after arson ask for help
BATON ROUGE - A fire in Sherwood Meadows left 16 people without clothes or a place to live.
Four apartments burned after a fire was started at 2055 Sherwood Meadows. Three single mothers and 13 children have been displaced from their homes, and they have no clue when they will be able to come back to their homes. One mother, Erica Flournoy has five children. They are currently living out of a hotel room.
"Now we gotta start over with the rent, deposit, food, clothes, shoes, sofas, beds, everything." said Flournoy. "My kids they say everyday, when are we gonna go home? We don't have no home."
Another mother, Heather Bennett says she is having a hard time finding shelter for her five children and herself.
"It's hard to lose everything. I just got on my feet doing good. It's hard to lose everything, because I've been through a hardship before." said Bennett.
Manna Outreach Foundation Inc, 264 Lobdell Ave., has started a campaign to try and help the displaced families. They are starting a collection of clothes, shoes, and money to try and help these families stay afloat during this time of crisis. The children range from ages one to 15 years old. To donate monetarily to this cause you can go to Whitney Bank and put the money into account number 046654428. For clothing sizes or other specific instructions you can contact Manna Outreach and ask for Shonda Williams at 225-571-7919.
The Baton Rouge Fire Department arrested John Akbar for setting the fire. Investigators say Akbar started the fire on his back patio using a cigarette lighter and gasoline. He is charged with aggravated arson. The arrest report says Akbar confessed to setting the fire after he was arrested.