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Red Cross Helps Fire Victim Who Lost All Belongings


A local non profit organization is helping those involved in an apartment  fire in Joplin Saturday morning. 

The American Red Cross gave fire  victims debit cards and paid for  rooms at nearby hotel. 

"Everything I owned since I was sixteen was in there," says fire victim,  Scott Phillips. 

21 year old  Phillips was inside his second floor apartment at 103 North Wall,  when he smelled smoke, and then saw flames outside his balcony.  

Phillips says, "I immediately didn't know what to think. I was hesitant on whether this is something I could take out alone because I did have a fire extinguisher." 

By that time the fire was out of control, and Phillips began to save what he could. 

 "I ran back and forth and tried to gather what I could a throwing them out the back kitchen window," said Phillips. 

He says he lost most of his clothing, thousands of dollars in electronics, tools, and documents of achievements. 

 "My diploma I always kept it on top of my entertainment center as a memento and its gone," said Phillips.  

Joplin's Fire Department used a ladder to rescue Phillips from inside the apartment. 

He was taken to the hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning and smoke inhalation. 

This is his message to the first responders. 

 "I'd say thank you so much. I would give them my everything, everything. I lost everything, everything I am now, my blood sweat and tears because of them I'm here to make more," said Phillips.  

He attended Coffeyville Community College and says he was planning  to move to Iowa for work this past weekend, but now those plans have been put on hold. 

 "I have very limited funds I really don't have much of an option and I'm just waiting for answers,  something, something to pop in my head." 

Phillips looks back on lessons he learned in college, and looks to the future. 


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