Mom whose hours were cut amid coronavirus crisis now homeless after fire

A Michigan mother-of-four whose hours were just cut amid the coronavirus crisis is now homeless after a blaze ravaged her family home, according to a new report.

The fire broke out Saturday at Kimberly Natin’s home in the Detroit suburb of Ferndale, WJBK reported.

“It’s terrible because we don’t know where we’re going to go right now,” Natin told the station. “We’re homeless, we have one week thanks to the Red Cross that we are at a hotel, but after that, I don’t know what we are going to do. There’s no homeowners insurance, so as far as restoration goes, we’re not sure what we’re going to do.”

Natin and her fiance, Jason Phaup, were napping when they awoke to screams. She said she soon realized her 74-year-old mother-in-law’s bedroom was on fire.

The elderly woman was smoking, which ignited the flames, the Ferndale fire marshal said.

“My first thought was to just grab her and get her out,” Natin told the outlet. “She was just standing there next to the flames like she had no idea what was going on. She has lung cancer that spread to her brain, so she has some memory problems — most of the time doesn’t know what day it is.”

Three of Natin’s daughters were also in the home — and luckily, everyone got out safely, according to the report.

“I was terrified,” Natin told the outlet. “It was a pretty scary situation.”

The blaze left the home unlivable, but the fire marshal said it could have been worse if Phaup didn’t shut the bedroom door on his way out.

“I figured if I shut the door then maybe that was something that would block the fire from pouring into the hallway,” Phaup told the outlet.

A GoFundMe page launched by a friend to support the family raised $2,700 of its $10,000 goal by Monday afternoon.

Filed under 4/6/20