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Family struggles after North Las Vegas apartment fire


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Family struggles after North Las Vegas apartment fire

By Michael Lopardi. CREATED Aug 22, 2014

North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A valley family is struggling to get back on their feet following a fire at their North Las Vegas apartment.

"It was just flames everywhere so I just ran out," said Gabryelle Daniels.

On Friday, Daniels made her first trip inside the burned apartment since Tuesday's fire. Investigators said the unit near Gowan Road and Martin Luther King Boulevard is a total loss.

"I lost the photos of my mother and grandmother and they're deceased," Daniels said.

Luckily, they didn't lose each other but the family, including three young daughters, did lose most of their possessions.

"I was just hysterical just to have all my stuff go down the drain and it was hard for me to get what I had," Daniels said.

North Las Vegas Fire Department Capt. Cedric Williams said investigators ruled the fire accidental but he did not have an exact cause. The Red Cross helped the family with three nights of hotel accommodations but that's run out. Daniels is unemployed and has no local family.

"It's horrible, especially with three children that you have to take care of solely," Daniels.

Action News reached out to the apartment complex. The manager said the complex is now at max capacity but he's working on a plan to get the family into the first available unit. Daniels receives government housing assistance which also requires a special inspection before switching units.

"I'm not even concerned about myself. I'm concerned about my kids," Daniels said.

Action News also reached out to the local housing authority case worker but we have yet to hear back.

The Red Cross said it does not release details on assistance they provide but, generally speaking, benefits are on a case-by-case basis.

Daniels said she is reluctant to go to a shelter but now considering the possibility as she plans her future.