NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY - Eight families were displaced from their homes in June after an apartment fire in New Bern. With school right around the corner, those families could use school supplies.
The fire happened at the Cooper's Landing Apartments in New Bern on Simmons Street. A total of eights families, adding up to 38 people were displaced from that fire.
City of New Bern Public Information Officer, Colleen M. Roberts, says the fire was caused from children playing with a lighter.
We caught up with one of those families to see how things have been going, most of these families loss everything in the fire. Hsa Pree is a Korean refugee from Burma, who took shelter in Thailand at a refugee camp. In 2009, he brought his family to America.
From the start, Pree, who is a single parent with four children, lived in Cooper's Landing. When the fire broke out, the four kids were inside the home. None of them were injured. The family was later relocated to another unit within the complex.
Pree's children, ranging in ages 6-14 years old, start school Monday. The family's gathered a few of the items they need, but are accepting school donations for the year.
If you're interested in donating school supplies to Pree's family or any of the families displaced from the fire, contact Interfaith Refugee Ministry in New Bern. The address is 233 Colony Drive, New Bern 28562. The number is (252)-633-9009.