Girl Suffers Burns to Half Her Body in Fire that Destroys Home

House fire forces family of 11 from home on Stone Street.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR -- A 6-year-old girl is recovering after being burned in a fire that destroyed her family's home.

"It just hurt me so bad, because I wish I wouldn't have left that house and stayed there with them," says Latasha Williams, the 6-year-old's mother. "Fifty percent of her body is burned," Williams says.

Saturday's house fire in Fayetteville forced Williams and her family of 11 from their home on Stone Street.

"My three sisters and seven kids," Williams says.

Across the way, a neighbor's Christmas decor now faces yellow fire tape, withered walls and toasted toys.

That neighbor, who didn't want to appear on camera, saw it all happen.

"All the people that lived here came rushing into my house," neighbor Karen Richardson says.

"She was going, 'Look at my baby's face,'" Richardson says. "Her face was pink from being charred."

The 6-year-old was airlifted to Little Rock, and hours later the Red Cross stepped in.

"We provided financial assistance for food, for clothing, for shoes and for temporary lodging," says Rick Harvey, communications specialist for the Arkansas Red Cross.

It's much appreciated help that unfortunately only lasts for a little while.

No disaster comes at a good time, but this one for Williams could not have been worse.

"We lost everything, my mama just died three weeks ago," Williams says.

"I just hope somebody can do something for them," Richardson says.

The young girl is the only one who was injured in the fire.
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