Bridgeport family seeks help after fire displaces them from their home
A Bridgeport family is asking for the public's help after a fire tore through their building last week.
King David Meekins and his wife Eileen, who is disabled, say what they and their service dog have endured over the past 10 days has been the most difficult experience of their lives.
A fire ripped through their apartment building on Fairfield Avenue more than a week ago, displacing dozens of people.
King David Meekins says he and his wife have had to draw on every ounce of faith they have to get through this difficult time.
Almost everything they owned was destroyed in the fire, though the couple says they are grateful a few things were not ruined, like their wedding album.
They say they're just one step away from living on the street. The Red Cross has given them about $500, which they say paid for only a few days at a motel. The couple says their savings are gone.
"211 puts my wife on hold, then they come back to the phone, and they say 'Sorry, we do not have nothing available for two adults and a pet.' He's not a pet, he's a service animal," said King David Meekins.
King David Meekins says he works full time.
He says he and two others did not hesitate to rush into the burning building to help others get everyone out safely. King David Meekins says now that his family needs help, he hopes someone will do the same for him.
"Thank God I'm employed, but now I have to find a place for my wife, my service animal and myself," said King Davind Meekins.
A GoFundMe has been set up for the family.