Ourso House Fire

My name is Angela Dickens-Westbook. My sister, Elda Dickens-Ourso , her oldest son Christopher Becnel , her youngest son , Jack Ourso & daughter Julia Ourso are so very blessed to have survived their house fire in the early morning hours this past Thursday , March 1,2018 which destroyed their entire home & all their belongings.Christopher , age 22 awoke with the smell of smoke & immediately got his younger brother , Jack age 12 & sister , Julia age 11 out of their home as the fire ripped through their home & started in the den from a new leather sofa with electric recliners. Apparently, the Fire Marshall found the source of the fire to be a faulty remote to one of the new recliners that Smith Ourso had purchased last Christmas.My sister did not hear the smoke alarm from the ear plugs she wears every night & also had to be awaken by her oldest son .Smith Ourso , my brother-in-law was with his mom at the time , Mrs. Barbara Ourso in his home town , Donaldsonville, La. at the time of the fire .I am starting this Go-Fund-Me fundraiser for my sister & her family in hopes to help them begin rebuilding their lives . Nothing will be able to replace all of my sister’s baby pictures & albums of her 3 children or her prized Christmas decorations dating back to our childhood that were stored in the attic .But , I also want everyone that has purchased one of these leather sectional sofas with built in recliners to be aware of the faulty remotes that could catch on fire . When a tragedy strikes as devastating as my sister’s house fire , my family is so grateful to have my sister & her children & cat , Christian alive. I pray the word spreads to anyone & every one who owns a leather sofa sectional with built in electric recliners to alert them of this faulty wiring so this tragedy does not repeat itself.
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Angela Westbrook 
Organizer
Covington, LA
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