Tragedy Strikes Twice For Pitt County Family

A Pitt County family who lost their home to a fire in January is facing the same tragedy again.

A fire destroyed the Hernandez family's house in Ayden in January, displacing eight people. The family's new home in Winterville caught fire Wednesday, according to the Daily Reflector. A circuit breaker is to blame for the fire on the Rountree Rd. home.

The electric company was forced to cut off the power at the residence until an electrician can make repairs. For now, the family is displaced out of their home once again.



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A Pitt County family of eight has lost everything in a Monday fire.

Firefighters don't yet know how the fire at the home on Ayden Golf Club Road began around 11:00 a.m. The parents, nor any of their six children, three who are under 16, were at home when the fire broke out.

It took units from Ayden, Eastern Pines and Winterville Community Fire about 30 minutes to gain control of the fire. Firefighters say an engine from Ayden was first on the scene and were starting to put out the fire when an electrical line fell across their water hoses. For safety they had to kill those hoses and wait for the next department to arrive for help.

The home was rented by the Jose Hernandez family. Family members tell WITN News that Hernandez has been on dialysis and is out of work. The other members of the family have been doing odd jobs to help make ends meet.

The one-story brick home is a total loss. The family had no renters insurance and the fire department says the home itself also was not insured. No one was injured in battling the blaze.


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  • by Lynne Location: Ayden on Jul 14, 2011 at 04:06 PM
    Please look at the posting dates. Today's story was added on to the previous one from January. Any contact information is probably out of date. It might be a good idea to wait until we are given updated information on what they need and where to send help. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. May repairs be made quickly so they can get their lives back on track.
  • by nurse on Jul 14, 2011 at 03:14 PM
    To "me": You can try to call the dialysis clinic he is at, they might be able to give out some information.
  • by cecil on Jul 14, 2011 at 08:32 AM
    To no excuse. THANKS GOOD SUGGESTION, WILL DO ,.BEST WISHES.
  • by me Location: greenville on Jul 14, 2011 at 07:07 AM
    Could you post the ages and gender of the children, and the sizes needed? I would hate to call and bother the Social Worker, I am sure she has enough calls coming in...also if you could possibly post some other items they might need...
  • by cecil on Jul 14, 2011 at 03:20 AM
    would like to bring some stuff for them, but will not enter greenville unless provided armed guard security escort in and out. please advise.
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      by No Excuse on Jul 14, 2011 at 04:28 AM in reply to cecil
      Mail gift cards to the given address!
  • by brenda on Jul 14, 2011 at 03:10 AM
    are you for real wanting people to send donations for the family ,,,,to a law firm. dam, they have had enough hardship and now lawyers,sharks, are going to confiscate there donations of any value.GET REAL.LAWYERS ARE FOR LAWYERS ONLY. NO BLEEDING HEARTS,PLEASE/
  • by anononymous Location: ayden nc on Jan 28, 2011 at 07:55 AM
    i am going to help this faimly asap
  • by anononymous Location: Greenville,Nc on Jan 25, 2011 at 03:05 PM
    These people acually go to my church and they are really good people its just so sad i hope everything turns out good. god bless them all
  • by Helping Location: Greenville on Jan 25, 2011 at 03:04 PM
    I would love to help too. You can Contact Pitt County Dept of Social Services and / or American Red Cross here in Greenville. The article also reads as below. If you would like to help the Hernandez family, Blount and Blount Law Firm in Greenville is accepting clothes, small appliances, non-perishable food items, personal hygiene items, and gift cards. Their offices are located at 1420 East Arlington Boulevard, Suite A, in Greenville. You can reach them at (252) 752-6000.
  • by anon Location: jacksonville on Jan 25, 2011 at 01:42 PM
    Are you all serious? This family lost everything and you're worried about things being spelled and punctuated correctly? I would love to help out this family but I need to know the genders and ages of the children.
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