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Displaced fire victim wonders what's next

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Kylee Devlin was displaced after an apartment fire last week. Kylee Devlin was displaced after an apartment fire last week.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Parenting can be a full-time job for Kylee Devlin, but right now it’s even tougher to raise her 5-year-old son.

Devlin’s family has been displaced since a fire burned through their apartment building last Wednesday. It started in their neighbor’s home, but smoke damage rendered the entire building unlivable.

“We had just spent all our money on rent,” Devlin said. “We don’t know what we’re going to do.”

The Red Cross provided aid after the incident, as they often do for survivors who lose their home to a fire. But they say their role is to provide aid for 72 hours.

The focus is to provide funds for food, clothes, and shelter, as well as any medical assistance the family needs. But they say after three days it is up to the family to determine a long-term recovery plan, though they try to steer them toward helpful organizations.

“We just feel like we’re doomed,” Devlin said. They move out of their Motel room Monday, and as of the afternoon were not sure where they would go. Right now, Devlin says all she has is her boyfriend and her smiling son.

“It makes me sad,” she said. I just want him to be happy, and I want him to be proud of me.”

“He has kept me going. He’s the only reason I get out of bed.”

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