Community helps Mount Pleasant family rebuild after arson

Community helps Mount Pleasant family rebuild after arson

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A week after losing their home to arson, the Williams family can now breathe a small sigh of relief.

Julie Williams, a victim said, "This is overwhelming and I can't tell you how thankful we are for all of the support."
Williams, her husband and 3 children lost everything in the blaze. The Lowcountry Furniture Bank and members of the community rallied behind the family. Through donations the furniture bank was able to completely furnish the Williams' new home.

"It's very humbling to see everybody come together and do what they can," said Steve Paterniti, Founder and Director of Lowcountry Furniture Bank.

The Williams family isn't a stranger to setbacks. Julie Williams battled breast cancer and is now in remission. She uses the experience to help her through hard times.

"Life goes on and you just have to move on with it. You can't sit there and wallow in pity," said Williams.

Their new home is just a stepping stone until they find a permanent place to live. Williams said it's getting easier and there are fewer tears.

She said, "After I got my crying spell over with that day. I thought it was over, but as we got put up in the hotel I found myself waking up because my pillow was soaked and i'm still crying even in my sleep."

The old house, passed down through the family was allegedly set ablaze by Raheim Bradley. Last week he stood by his innocence in bond court and said, "I would never do nothing like this and I don't understand why I'm being accused of something that I didn't do. It's hurting me so bad."

According to the police report an eye witness saw Bradley coming out of the house before it caught fire and was able to identify him by name.

"I just couldn't believe that we were out of a home that I grew up in all my life and to see it burn down was so sad. We have all the memories and the stuff that got destroyed in the fire is just stuff, it can be replaced," said Williams

Raheim Bradley posted bail the day after his arrest and has to appear in court later this year. The Williams family did not have home owners insurance and are still in need of a refrigerator. Donations can be made on the website of the Lowcountry Furniture Bank.

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