Marion family loses everything in house fire, including Christmas gifts

A Marion family lost everything in a house fire just weeks before Christmas. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A Marion family lost everything in a house fire, just weeks before Christmas. Now the community is coming together to lend a helping hand for the holidays.

In a Facebook post Tuesday, Marion Police say emergency personnel responded to a house fire in the West Marion community that was a total loss. The single mother of two boys had just wrapped her last Christmas present before she left for work.

Police say the fire destroyed everything inside the house including clothes, furniture, appliances and all the kids' Christmas gifts.

"It’s hard right now, because I work so hard as a single mother for everything I got for my kids," the home’s owner Chacara Lindsey said.

Though the fire destroyed her home, Lindsey said her spirit is stronger than ever.

"God, you close one door for a reason, but you're opening up another one for my blessing," Lindsey said.

While the family is living in a hotel, the police department is sharing the family's story in hopes that it will inspire the community to help to give the family some comfort during the holiday season.

Donations can be dropped off at the Marion Walmart. An online fundraiser has also been set up to help the family.

It has already raised more than $700. If you'd like to help, you can do so by clicking here.

"All I can do is just take it a day at a time from this day forward and get back on my feet," Lindsey said.

She lived in the home with her 11-year-old and 4-year-old sons and her mother Tracy.

"It was a couch right here, a recliner right there, a TV right there. You see it's melted all the way to the ground," Tracy said, explaining the layout of their home.

She was home when the fire broke out.

"All I knew is I ran and made sure my grandkids were all right," Tracy said.

Lindsey was at work when she got the call.

"Instantly, an anxiety attack. Panic,” Lindsey said. “I ran out of work. I didn't know I how to handle it.”

Everyone was OK, but everything inside was gone, including the children's Christmas presents.

"I had just wrapped all their Christmas presents and set them there not even 30 minutes before I went to work," Lindsey said.

Now the Marion Police Department is calling on the community to step up and help the family in this time of need.

"The detective had Walmart set it up that they were able to bless him with a brand new one (PS4) with games, ear phones and all," said Chacara.

Lindsey said that's just one example of people helping them through this holiday season.

"I can’t send out a thank you card to each and every one of you guys, but I’m here today on the news to tell each and every one of you that I’m thankful, I’m blessed and I appreciate all the help that the community, my family and my friends are doing to help me and my kids get back on my feet," Lindsey said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

For questions or additional information, call the Marion Police Department at 828-652-5206.

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