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BATON ROUGE - Area fire departments were busy fighting fires on Thanksgiving.

There were at least 5 fires in the metro area on Thanksgiving day. Two of those fires left two families homeless.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 1800 block of Oak Avenue around 6 p.m. Thanksgiving night

"I lost my house and my car. I'm glad my son wasn't here, he's out of town, so i'm okay," said Ardia Perkins.

She and her family were cleaning up after Thanksgiving dinner when someone smelled smoke. they all ran outside to find the carport fully engulfed in flames. Faulty wiring is the blame for the blaze.

"I'm glad I'm alive. I just had 20-30 people over. My nieces and nephews and my six sisters had just left. So I was glad they weren't there," said Perkins.

In Baker, it was a similar story for Verna Lanaute. After spending Thanksgiving at a neighbor's house, Verna was greeted with a fire when she returned home.

"Came from across the street to come home and see the house in flames," said Lanaute. "My home. Me and my kids home. We can't go home."

Now she's desperately left wondering what's next.

"Where we going to live? My kids go back to school Monday. I just got to find something real quick and it doesn't seem like it's working for me," said Lanaute.

Despite losing everything on Thanksgiving, both manage to still be thankful.

"I'm sad, but at the same time I'm grateful that i'm alive. My family is alive," said Perkins.

"Yes. Me and my family are still together," said Lanaute.

The Red Cross is helping the families right now. If you would like to assist either family, you can reach Ardia Perkins at 225-270-4802, and Verna Lanaute and 225-362-4066.

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