Community Rallies to Support Family of Fire Victims


Celeste Myrick knew it wouldn't take the pain away, but her gesture was one that was greatly appreciated by a family stricken with grief.

"I'm preparing another meal to take to the family," she said, greasing up a cookie sheet.

Myrick works at Sweet Stuff Bakery on Jackson Street, directly across the street from the house that caught fire Wednesday morning.

She said she and the six children who were living in the home have a very special bond.

"I do sub for public schools and it's kinda ironic because sometimes I'd be the sub for [the children] at school that day and then they come over here to the shop and they sees me and they go, 'woop,'" Myrick laughed.

Myrick was not the only one that had a close relationship with the family.

"The owner, Mrs.Vicky Baker, she's out of town visiting her daughter. She had to hear about it through someone calling her husband- telling her husband. [Baker] took to the family across the street like family because she's [at the shop] all the time. When she and I talked she asked me, 'Celeste will you go? Do whatever it takes, find whatever is in the kitchen- take care of them,'" Myrick told us.

And that's what Baker and Myrick have been doing. Myrick has delivered meals around the clock and Baker plans to as well once she is back in town.

Family members tells us kindness like this has allowed them to concentrate on caring for the traumatized children, replacing belongings and raising the money to pay for four funerals.

"We really do appreciate them doing that because that was a big help," Latia Bellamy said.

A fund has been set up through Regions Bank to help pay for the funerals of the four deceased relatives. Donations can be made to the Pete Family Tragedy Fund.


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