NEW ORLEANS — A girl who devoted her life to taking good care of others misplaced her rental residence in a fireplace early Saturday morning. Fortunately, she obtained out safely along with her husband and their two canines.
Now, one household helps her after she’s completed a lot for them.
Denise Delong’s belongings are unrecognizable as they’re crumbled and lined in soot on the rear of her residence that went up in flames.
“All I may say was Jesus,” Delong stated.
Delong is a house caregiver whose been acknowledged by her employer as “Caregiver of the 12 months.” She and her husband have rented the house on North Derbigny for 5 years. Saturday, at round 3:20 a.m., Delong’s husband woke as much as smoke.
“He simply begin busting by means of the home ‘name the fireplace division, name the fireplace division,” she stated.
The couple and their two chihuahuas obtained out, however with out renters insurance coverage, they’re beginning over. They’re grateful to pals for a brief place to remain, however they’ve little to their identify now.
“I did salvage a couple of garments out of there, however my husband has completely nothing. We couldn’t save a sock,” Delong stated.
In response to the New Orleans Hearth Division, the fireplace began from this deserted residence proper subsequent door they’re calling it “suspicious,” however the official trigger remains to be beneath investigation.
A metropolis signal posted to the house in December stated it was up for demolition.
“This was one in every of my fears, that this home would catch a fireplace,” Delong stated.
As a caregiver, final 12 months Delong spent the ultimate months of Wendy Good’s life by her aspect. Good was a Mardi Gras Indian historian who died of mind most cancers.
“We got here actual good pals in these 4 months,” Delong stated.
When Good’s daughters discovered of the fireplace, they did simply what their mom would have completed.
“I didn’t give it some thought, actually we simply jumped into motion with our household and arrange the Go Fund Me,” stated Allison and Emily Good.
“I used to be like oh that might have been Wendy, that might have been Wendy,” Delong stated.
Delong stated renters insurance coverage is now a precedence and she or he plans to get it as quickly as she finds a brand new rental residence. She advises others to do the identical.