Story by Paul Shahen
Eyewitness News Reporter

MCMINN COUNTY, TN. (WRCB)-- The McMinn Sheriff's Office is calling a house fire an apparent case of arson. Either way, Vicki Lewis and her children lost everything they owned.

"It was very hard to come home from work this morning, because I'm used to routine. I used to come home from work let the dogs out, and the horses. Routine has been a large part of our life for a long time, and it's hard not to have that routine," Lewis says.

The same fire that took Vicki Lewis's routine, took the lives of four dogs, one horse and one pony. Thankfully, none of her three children were home.

In a police report obtained by WRCB, Lewis claims that her ex-husband started the fire. While no one has been charged, she said he has threatened to burn down her house in the past.

TBI has taken over the investigation. Until that's complete, she's trusting her faith in God.

"I'm very confident that He will see to it that whatever needs to be done, will be done. And I have to hold onto that because that's about the only thing there is to hold onto," Lewis says.

What do you say to someone who has lost everything?  Maybe nothing. But there are things you can do, and her friends are proving that as she takes it day-by-day.

"I thank each and every person that has stepped up, and it's been amazing how people have stepped up and donated clothes and money. There's a lot of good people left in the world that go unnoticed," says Lewis.

A terrible scent and rubble are all that are after the house fire, Lewis and her children will try to move on as this investigation continues.