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Polk County family's house burns down one day after Christmas

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POLK COUNTY, TN (WRCB) - A Polk County family of five is without a home after a fire destroyed it just one day after Christmas.

Four adults and a seven-year-old child were able to escape the burning mobile home. A wood burning stove is to blame.

April Dunn said her family lost just about everything, including her seven-year-old grandson's brand new Christmas presents.

"Everything we had burned," she said.

The fire happened at their mobile home on Highway 68 in Turtletown.

After 20 years of living in the same place, Dunn and her family no longer have a place to call home.

"We were just sitting there talking, and my husband looked up and saw (flames) coming through the ceiling," Dunn said. "It was gone before you knew it."

They were able to salvage a couple items, like a charred photo album, before a bulldozer took care of the rest.

Dunn said they didn't have time to take anything with them. She and her husband grabbed their 7-year-old grandson and managed to get out with the clothes they were wearing.

"It was bad," she recalled watching the home burn. "You think of everything you lost. But we were all out, and that's the main thing."

Dunn said they didn't have insurance and haven't figured out where to go next.

"That's the bad part about it," she said.

But the outpouring of help from the small community gives Dunn faith that things will work out.

"The Red Cross, our church, just about everybody around is helping," she said. "You don't know who your friends are until something like that happens."

The Red Cross is helping the family with a few nights in a motel, but that short-term assistance runs out on Tuesday morning.

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