Septic tank explosion leaves Columbia family homeless

Candida Cason
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COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WKRN) – An online campaign is helping a Maury County family get back on their feet and into a permanent home.

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Candida Cason said she and her family had to leave their rental house after a septic tank exploded, making their living situation deplorable. (Photo: WKRN)

Candida Cason told News 2 her family, including her three teenagers, had to leave their rental house after a septic tank exploded, making their living situation deplorable.

“We are talking very disgusting bile, bathroom bile coming through the pantry into the kitchen,” she recalled.

Cason said since leaving their rental home she and her family have lived with friends for a week, at a hotel for a week and now at the campground.

“We could be in cardboard boxes under a bridge, so can’t complain too much,” she said.

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Photo: WKRN

While the situation may not be ideal, the Cason family said they are lucky to have a roof over their heads, a place to cook, a laundry mat, bathrooms, showers and free WiFi, until they find a home of their own, which they are desperately searching for.

Cason told News 2 she and her family do not have enough money for a deposit.

“Basically because we don’t have the money up front, we have been turned away a lot.”

She’s calculated up move in costs to be more than $1,000.

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Photo: WKRN

“Between my son’s disability, and then my significant other’s job, we can pay rent. It’s actually getting in to the place that we are having the problem with,” she explained.

Cason said despite the situation, her kids are staying positive and are calling it an extended vacation that includes work and school.

“Their attitudes are amazing,” Cason said with tears in her eyes.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family.

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