Massive fire destroys Houston Furniture Bank, inventory and trucks burned

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HOUSTON - They're known for lending a helping hand to those in need, but it looks like they're now the ones in need of a little help.

"We are doing our best to put everything together so that we can get back into business very quickly, but we need people's help," said Oli Mohammed, executive director for the Houston Furniture Bank.

60 firefighters fought to put out a massive two alarm fire at the Houston Furniture Bank on the Gulf Freeway in southeast Houston. The blaze completely destroyed the furniture bank's facility along with all of its inventory and trucks.

"I have been with this organization for the last 23 years so, I mean, this a huge disaster for us to have something like this happen," Mohammed said.

Investigators are looking into what started the fire in the first place, but an even bigger question is: what will happen to the thousands of families in need of furniture?

The furniture bank is working to raise $5 million for a new facility that was purchased near Hobby Airport. The plan is to move in March. However, until then, there are some thing people can do to help now.

"We need trucks, we need people to help pick up, we don`t have a storage space," Mohammed said.

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