VICKSBURG, Miss. (Vicksburg Daily News)–A home suffered significant damage from a fire just before 1 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, but firefighter’s say that no one was injured in the blaze.
According to initial reports, Kofi Louis was watching tv when the smell of gas was caught coming from the direction of the stove. Soon after, an explosion was heard which led Louis to run outside.
He was the only one in the home.
Louis was a victim of an armed robbery last October. Louis was pushed off his bike by a robber who pulled a gun on him before stealing his bike. The thief also managed to get away with Louis’s keychain with his house key, which left his home vulnerable to theft.
The community rallied around young Louis and set up a GoFundMe to help him raise money for a new bike. Support was obtained from many members of the community, as well as Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace, Fire Coordinator Jerry Briggs, Vicksburg Police Chief Milton Moore, Officer Michael Battle, Crime Prevention Specialist Danielle Williams and Chris Gilmer with Vicksburg Locksmith.
The communities outpouring support touched the Louis family and helped them turn a negative experience into a positive one.