Chesterfield, VA—After a string of difficult situations and challenges, a local family lost their home and possessions in a fire Saturday. They tell 8News they are determined to pick up the pieces and move forward.
The Hicks family of Chesterfield, last night's fire was the most recent in a list of trying circumstances. Just last month, Willie Hicks lost his eye due to cancer.
"Last month they took one of my eyes out because it was a tumor cancer behind it," says Mr. Hicks.
While still recovering from surgery, Mr. Hicks and his family found that they could no longer afford to cover their insurance payments. After the insurance lapsed, the fire left them without a home.
"All the years I've been carrying insurance, nothing happened," said Mr. Hicks, "and then soon as I didn't have no insurance, my house burns down."
The focus now is finding a home for the Hicks family, which includes Willie, his wife Sue, their son and four grandchildren.
"I've got to try to find somewhere to rent for a while until we can figure out what we're going to do here," said Mr. Hicks. They are now staying in a hotel, provided by the Red Cross.
The family is currently cleaning out the part of their home they say is still salvageable. They hope to raise enough money to repair their home of 18 years.
A neighbor has already pitched in to help the family, donating $100 to them on Sunday.
Willie Hicks remains determined to repair the place his family calls home. "Somehow or another we're going to rebuild the home, we're going to have a roof over our head."
Sue Hicks echoes his sentiments, and adds her own message of hope: "The main thing is that we're going to all stay together, we're not going to split up."
Donations to help the Hicks family may be made to Bellwood Credit Union, located at 7101 Jeff Davis Highway.
MDonations may also be dropped off at Henrico credit unions...click here for those locations.
Be sure to mention the "Hicks Family Fire Fund" when you make your contribution.
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