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Community helps family made homeless by fire

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One local family was left out in the bitter cold this week after a fire destroyed their home and now they are left with next to nothing.

But thankfully the community is coming forward to help and you can too, by going to this website.

There's no doubt, it's tough to stay positive when something so horrible happens. But the Simpson family is just happy that all five of them made it out okay and they have each other.

The family escaped the blaze without shoes on their feet. And the family is hoping help with rise from the ashes.

The sounds of the interstate echo down Lorado Street. The stench of smoke still lingers in the air.

Latika Simpson says she was cooking up a pot roast dinner when the smoke alarm started chirping Tuesday night.

Smoke and fire forced her and her four kids to escape with only the clothes on their backs, standing barefoot in the freezing snow watching the flames take over.

"Next thing we know, our house was gone in a matter of seconds, just as fast as you could snap your fingers, we had lost everything," says Simpson. "We didn't even have a chance to really even think, because when we looked back, everything was just engulfed in flames."

The Red Cross has put the family up in a hotel and the rebuilding process has begun.

Pastor Kevin O'Neal is the director of the Good Samaritan Network. The organization helps put families who experience bad luck, back on their feet.

The Simpson's say they could use the help and Good Samaritans is pitching in.

Latika Simpson has three girls ages 19, 14, and 4 and one son who is 12-years-old.

She says anything you're able to do to help out is absolutely needed at this time.

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