Family who lost sons in house fire is given new home

It's been a trying time for the Burrell family of Detroit, who lost two sons in house fire last month.

Thanks to donations from a generous community the family once again has a place to call home.

"We're all part of the same city," said Mitch Albom. "When someone hurts in our city, we all hurt."

On Wednesday Cortez and Lereatha Burrell and their twin daughters received a new house.

Flames ripped through their house on Lyford Street on Detroit's east side on Feb. 6, killing their sons Quatez, 12 and Cortez, 17.

Their twin sisters were not home at the time. Since the fire, the family has been staying with relatives.

Lereatha has been unable to work due to frostbite on her feet when she escaped the fire.

But with the help of a cane Lereatha and her family were able to walk up to their new home.

It was donated by Albom's "Say Detroit Working Homes-Working Families" charity.

As Albom handed the family the key to their home, the Burrells took a moment to thank everyone for their generosity.

"I just want to say thank you and I appreciate everything everyone has done for us," said Cortez Burrell, the family's father. "For all the cards, all the cards to help us through this tragedy."

Once they had the keys, the family was able to tour their new home.

They tell FOX 2 they're ready to begin this new chapter of their lives.

"We lost our boys, we lost our home, I'm not able to work and I have frostbite," said Lereatha. "It is so much to deal with. I lost my brother a day after I lost my boys. I had to bury all three of them.

"To have a home of our own, it feels so good.

"Thank you all, now we can begin the healing process."
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