Guthrie Family Lives In Pop Up Trailer After Massive Wildfire


Monday, June 30th 2014, 10:02 pm
By: News 9


Nearly two months since a huge wildfire destroyed their home, a Guthrie family is still without a place to call their own. Right now, the family of six is living inside a small pop up trailer on their property.

David Smith said he and his wife Juanita have been trying to get a new home since their home was destroyed in May. 

"It's been almost a month, month and a half now, and I'm still in shock. I can't believe what has happened, happened," he said. "All that we have worked for so hard to get is completely gone now."

But the Smith's family continues to hit financial roadblocks.

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"Imagine going camping out in the woods, and only being able to bring so much stuff with you," he said. "Every day it's real. The struggle is real, I mean, we are here day in, day out."

David works for an in air filtration company and runs a power washing business, but he says that income is not enough to buy a new home for his family.

"I don't know how much longer we can be this tight and confined in one space," said Juanita Smith.

The couple is raising four children—two their own, and the others are their niece and nephew.

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Juanita said the children are staying back and forth with family in Oklahoma City. The camper is simply not large enough, but it's the only thing that survived the fire.

"We'd be very homeless right now," said David. "I mean, I would have taken my last few dollars, and bought at tent and I would be camping here."

The family was leasing to own the mobile home that was destroyed during the wildfire, but they said, the owner let the insurance on it lapse.

Information on helping the family:

www.facebook.com/SmithAcresRebuild

www.facebook.com/HelpBellaRecover