Tanille Jackson and her family have been staying at the Ramada Inn on Saginaw since Monday. That's where the Red Cross set her up when Adam's Plating--just next door to her home--went up in flames, forcing them to evacuate.
"I grabbed some clothes but we weren't allowed to take food or anything like that," Jackson said.
"Some of the water had seeped into the basements of some of these homes and we want to ensure the safety of the people who live there, make sure it's safe for them to go back in," said Sgt. Robert Ott, Ingham County emergency manager.
Jackson's eight-year-old son has an upper respiratory virus. His breathing machine got contaminated and had to be left behind.
"When he weezes or when he's congested," Jackson said. "Right now he's fighting a cold so i use it a little more than usual."
The Red Cross gave her a voucher for a new machine, but she's waiting on a new prescription, too. In any case, all the aid-- food and shelter--comes to a halt thursday. Yet the cleanup process does not.
Ott says the freezing temperatures have actually been helpful to crews. He says the priority is to clean materials from the road and adjacent yards before it's too late.
"Before it starts getting warm out, before it starts to rain and actually get into the ground and the soil in the area," Ott said.
He says it could be days -- or longer -- before evacuees can return home. Jackson says she doesn't have anywhere to stay after Thursday.
"I haven't the slightest idea. I really can't even say what's gonna happen for tomorrow because it's just so inconvenient and unplanned and right after Christmas, so I don't have any money. I'm so broke," she said.
The EPA is testing the home's water and air quality. In the worst case scenario, the home would be condemned, Ott says.
Ott says crews are working 18-hour days trying to resolve the situation and make the site safe. The 500 block of Rosemary Avenue will be blocked off for the next two to three weeks for testing and clean-up. He asks that people be patient during this recovery process.