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Waterloo family escapes house fire; loses everything

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - "This is the side where my kids were trapped at in their room."

Lakeisha Cooper of Waterloo and her kids were able to get out of their burning home -- but that wasn't necessarily the case for Cooper's mother.

"I looked at her and said basically, 'Mom, can you just get up and just try to walk?' And she said, 'I can't,'" said Cooper. 

Cooper's mom is disabled and cannot walk. When fire crews arrived, they had to rescue her along with her mother's boyfriend. Cooper's mother is still recovering in an Iowa City hospital.

"It was like a movie -- just watching it burn going through toward you," said Cooper. 

Cooper says the fire was like a bad dream. She says she heard a boom that night, but went back to sleep. It was her daughter who came up to alert her of the fire.

The Waterloo Fire Department is now investigating the fire, calling it suspicious. 

"Somebody did this and it had to be done with something. Ain't no way we had been staying here this long, and for something to happen like that is crazy," said Cooper. 

Cooper is thankful everyone was able to get out of the house safely, but her family lost everything, including a place to lay their head at night.

"As of now, we're staying house-to-house on the street," said Cooper.

If you want to help the family, there is an account set up at Dupaco Community Credit Union. Donations go under Lakeisha Cooper.
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