Winston-Salem community helping families displaced by fire

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WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- One man is dead and six families lost everything in an apartment fire that broke out at the Sherwood Station Apartments Sunday afternoon.

Jing Ye, one of the residents affected, says she hasn't brought her five- and eight-year-old kids back to the apartment.

"I don't think the children can take this," said Ye.

Ye is a teacher at Salem College. She says what her family didn't lose in the fire is destroyed by water.

"I'm still wondering... there's too much I need to do. I don't know where to start," said Ye.

Apartment management offered the people affected by the fire vacant units in the apartment. Now, members of the community are working together to help the families affected fill those apartments with new belongings.

"There's a lot to coordinate," said Carissa Joines, managing editor of the Camel City Dispatch.

After Joines met the people who lost everything in the fire, she started organizing donations with Tommy Priest, the owner of Krankies Airstream coffee shop.

"Whenever I showed up from dropping my kids off at school, there were already probably 20 bags out here," said Priest.

People have dropped off everything from glassware to hangers.

However, Joines is also working with local businesses to help the people affected feel more at home in their new homes.

"It's still not their stuff. It's going to be different, but if they have a part in picking what goes in their home, I think it will go faster to make it feel like home for them again," said Joines.

Back on Casteford Court, the support from the community has already made the Ye's feel better, because they know they have help getting back on their feet.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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