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House fire victim: "We will make it"

Story by Megan Boatwright
Eyewitness News Reporter

HAMILTON COUNTY, TN. (WRCB)-- Two families say fire destroyed everything they own except the family Bible.

That family Bible was the one thing firefighters salvaged from the home Sunday. The rest of their belongings, including two pets, were destroyed.

"I've never been through anything like this before and you never know what you have until you've lost it," says Cindy Leroy.

Tears come easy for Cindy and Bill Leroy, as they look at the wreckage that was their home for 16 years.

"I don't know what to do, I'm still in a stage of shock I guess," says Leroy.

The family of 10, including the couple's oldest daughter and her children, are trying to figure out their next move since the fire destroyed 75% of their home.

Cindy Leroy and her kids went to the corner gas station to pick up a few things Sunday afternoon. They'd only been gone 15 minutes when her brother called saying her house was on fire.

"He said you can't go in and I said but my Roscoe's in there and my pup," says Leroy.

In addition to their belongings, Cindy's two dogs were lost to the fire. But the mother says she's just glad her family wasn't home at the time.

"The money really surprised me cause, you know like I said, people are giving what they might not have to give right now but they know Bill and Cindy need it more," says Jason Parton.

A small donation bucket sits on the front counter of the Oasis Cafe around the corner from the Leroy's home. The same place Cindy was Sunday when she got the call.

"We already got $100, plus a fairly nice pile of clothes that people had already brought in with a lot of promises to bring more," says Parton.

Even though they don't know what the future holds, Cindy says with support from family and friends, they'll figure it out.

"We're just living day by day and taking it day by day, but we're making it. We will make it, I'm too stubborn to give up," says Leroy.

Hamilton County investigators haven't determined how the fire started.

The Leroy's do have insurance, and will stay with family for now.

If you're interested in helping fire victims you can donate to the Chattanooga Red Cross website.

 

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