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New Ken family needs help after fire

| Saturday, May 11, 2013, 1:21 a.m.

The family left homeless by a fire that destroyed most of its possessions at a New Kensington home Thursday evening is “just trying to get things pulled back together.”

Angel Lynn Wilson along with three of her five children and boyfriend lost all of their possessions in the blaze. Their rented, two-story, wood-frame house at 318 Home St. was fully engulfed by the time firefighters arrived Thursday evening.

State police have ruled the fire accidental.

The American Red Cross provided Wilson, her children and boyfriend with temporary housing at a nearby hotel until they find transitional and new, permanent housing.

The New Kensington Salvation Army is collecting items for the family.

Wilson and her two children who were home when the fire broke out escaped, but not the family's 12-year-old cat, Camity, according to John Kunkle, Wilson's boyfriend.

“Everyone was in shock yesterday and everyone is trying to get calmed down,” Kunkle said Friday. “We're just trying to get things pulled back together.”

The family lost everything in the fire — furniture, TV, clothing and cell phones.

Mary Ann Thomas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4691 or mthomas@tribweb.com. Staff writer Chuck Biedka contributed to this story.

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