On July 23, 2019 after 8pm, there was a gas leak related explosion at the Calloway Cove formally known as Washington Heights apartment community in North Jacksonville, Florida that has left a total of 12 families displaced. It is the Ethridge family of 7, however, who are suffering the most devastating effects. While the husband and father of the residence, Keyon Ethridge, was not home at the time of the incident, his wife and children were. Mrs. Danielle Necole Ethridge (28), son, Taj Keyon (11), daughters Amarah Love (9), and Carla Marie (2) all sustained life threatening and critical injuries; being burned at least 60 to 95% of their bodies. Two other daughters, Anjali (5), and Priya (7), managed to escape the traumatic event with minor injuries. A well known devoted family man, Keyon is now left homeless and with literally no belongings while he tries to divide his time between the Shands Burn Center in Gainesville, Florida (where his wife, Danielle, still hasn’t regained consciousness) & is on life support. While in Boston, Massachusetts where his 3 children are currently being cared for in a specialty pediatric burn unit & intensive care unit.
TO DATE, NEITHER THE CALLOWAY COVE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT NOR THE CITY OF JACKSONVILLE HAVE REACHED OUT TO THE ETHRIDGE FAMILY SINCE THE DEVASTATING EVENT.
It is for this reason, the family is reaching out to the community for any and all assistance to help Keyon tend to his divided family while also trying to rebuild their life, between traveling to Boston & Florida & unlimited medical surgeries daily. There is much uncertainty at this time and there is also a long, challenging road ahead. He and his wife are very much in love and he is extremely overwhelmed. No amount is too small and all acts of kindness, prayers, and love are welcome.
WE THANK YOU! #TeamEF7