Eastpoint fire victims living in temporary trailers are running out of time

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Franklin County, Fla. (WJHG) -- It's been more than six months since the fire in Eastpoint destroyed 36 homes and caused $1.7 million in damages, but through a fundraiser by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, some of those fire victims who lost their homes on that day in June received permanent ones.

"Well, we tried to help the folks that had small children and the senior citizens," Franklin County Sheriff A.J. Smith said.

Sheriff Smith says those living in the permanent homes have made major progress.

"They seem to be doing a lot better since they do have a home to live in and don't have to worry about that. I mean, that's a huge worry when people don't know where they're going to sleep at night. So that's huge that they don't have to worry about that. They know where they'll be, they have a permanent home," Sheriff Smith said.

Other residents were given temporary trailers to live in, meaning they had six months since they received those trailers in July to find a permanent option.

"A lot of the local contractors like Jason White and some of these other folks who had heavy equipment came in and helped clean the lot so that they could move the mobile homes in and stuff like that," Sheriff Smith said.

Officials with Community Action, which is the company providing the trailers, say they will extend the leases if necessary, and they also plan on working closely with those fire victims to help them find long-term housing.