Arbyrd family loses everything in house fire

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

ARBYRD, MO (KAIT) - An Arbyrd family lost everything except the clothes on their back after they were faced with a house fire Saturday morning.

Just days before Christmas, the community is coming together to make sure the victims are taken care of.

Rubble is the only thing that remains at the home that sits on Highway 108, but luckily the family inside made it out on time.

The home burst into flames around 2 a.m., which Arbyrd fire officials told Region 8 News an electrical issue could be to blame.

In the aftermath, residents are coming together and are donating clothes, shoes, toys, and furniture to the family.

The Hornersville Fire Department, who assisted Arbyrd firefighters, also stepped in to help.

"One of my firefighters said they came out of the house and all they had was their little pajamas on, and Saturday morning when they came to Christmas for Kids they actually had the same pajamas," Hornersville Assistant Fire Chief Terry Vaughn said.

The fire department made sure the children were cared for first.

"We got together as a fire department and bought a bunch of stuff for the kids," Vaughn said.

He said now, the community is chiming in, wanting to help the parents.

"The community has been calling me getting sizes of the family, the kids, the mother, and the father," Vaughn said.

Every year, the Hornersville Fire Department adopts a family in need at Christmas and makes it special for them.

There were two families on their list this year; however, when the fire broke out Saturday night, they knew immediately who they needed to help.

"We had about two or three families on our list, but they all have homes and all have clothes, so we chose this family for a reason," he said.

Arbyrd Fire Chief Derrick Higgins said the house burned for eight minutes before they arrived. He said nothing is left behind to investigate.

The city is collecting donated clothes, toys, furniture and more for the victims.

Anyone interested in making a donation can contact Arbyrd City Hall at 573- 654-3834.

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