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Hinton fire victims appreciative but still in need of donations

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Buildings are STILL smoldering tonight after fires ripped through days ago.

59 news discovered four-story brick buildings collapsed into their basements after the fire. A massive amount of rubble is keeping firefighters from going in to completely put the fire out. Police charged Billy Joe Gill of Hinton with first-degree arson.

So how are the families rebuilding their lives? Communities and local outreach groups are extending their hands to the victims.

"When you lose everything, that's when you realize what you got," said victim Violet Trail.

Those who have lost it all tell us it's a difficult process to try and rebuild life as it was but with the incredible amount of generosity the community and outreach groups are showing, they have much to be grateful for.

"With the support of everyone, it has really shocked me how much help there is out there, I didn't realize people would be like that," said victim Martha Sears.

What the fire victims need the most is a place to call their home. Today they filled out housing applications. After that, they received clothes from the Wellness Center and Loaves and Fishes. They still are in desperate need of household items such as linens and silverware.

"Anything that someone doesn't need, because we feel like they have nothing and this will really help them," said Wellness Center Coordinator Becky Dillon.

The victims expressed their gratitude and appreciation for what they've been given.

"I already thought I didn't have anything. But now I realize how much I really did have," Sears said.

"There has been such an outpour of generosity, so much to the point where I think, have we gotten too much? You know, have we been getting too much? If you help others, it will come back in ten-fold. And believe me, it has definitely come back to us in ten-fold," victim Wayne Williams said.

If you'd like to help, you can donate linens, silverware and other house-hold items to Loaves and Fishes, American Red Cross, Hinton Area Foundation or First Community Bank.