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Family Loses Everything in House Fire, Community Rallies Together to Give Them a Good Christmas


Ringgold, VA - A Pittsylvania County family says they are going through the toughest time of their lives.

The Browns have found themselves homeless, with almost no possessions, and it only took about three minutes for it happen.

The family lost their home in a fire Wednesday morning on Mountain Hill Road in Ringgold. But in this hard time, the locals have rallied together in the spirit of Christmas to make sure the Brown family still has something to smile about.

"I've never been through anything like this, I've always had a roof over my head," said Pamela Brown, who lost her home in a fire. 

Instead of searching through stores for last-minute Christmas gifts this weekend, Pamela Brown and her daughter Kelsey have found themselves searching through piles of rubble. It's what used to be their 200-year-old log home. It all began Wednesday morning.

"I was out doing errands, and we got home, we got smoke coming out the roof and I ran to the back door," said Pamela Brown. 

"By the time she figured out how to use the fire extinguisher, it was black smoke," said Jason Brown, Pamela's son.

"In two or three minutes it was totally engulfed, so we basically have lost everything," said Pamela Brown. 

The Browns lost four kittens, 1,000 comics books, family photos, and the list goes on.

"I was in total awe of what I saw,"said Roxanne Newman, Pamela Brown's friend. 

In the living room is where Pamela stored all of her daughters Christmas presents, which are now all rubble. But thanks to one good Samaritan, the Browns will have some gifts to open come Christmas day.

"She surprised us and brought us about 30 Christmas gifts," said Pamela Brown. 

That good Samaritan is Karen Hearn. Once she found out about the fire, she tracked the Brown family down.

"I've never lost everything in my home, but there was just something about this family, I had to get in touch with them and I had to help them out," said Hearn. 

With the help of a local church, God's Pit Crew and other community members, Hearn was able to give the Brown family trunk loads of food and clothing, making their Christmas crisis a little bit easier to handle.

"Normally, I'd be really depressed, but people have really stepped up and they're really wanting to help us, so it's been great," said Pamela Brown.

Hearn is still on a mission to help the family find a new home, and to furnish it. If you would like to help out, you can contact Hearn at 434 432 1072.

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