Family rebuilds after house fire

Family rebuilds after house fire

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - While many families are on the beach for Spring Break, one Columbus family had to cancel their plans after a fire destroyed their home.

"It was unbelievable you just thought you were dreaming, like it really wasn't happening. I just reacted to my son saying 'get out the house, it's on fire.' So we all got up and grabbed what we could and headed out the back of the house," Cummings said.

The father of the family Richard Cummings retired from Fort Benning after 21 years in the Army. He says the family was sleeping and they barely made it out.

"We're just recovering now and trying to put our family back together," Cummings said.

Porshia Butler who lives at another home says she got a phone call from her mom early on Sunday morning.

"She was pretty much just crying her eyes out. I couldn't really hear her besides house and explosion," Butler Said.

Her mom is a daycare teacher at Lakewood Child Development Center.

The Fire Department says they arrived to the Ashland Avenue home right before 1 a.m. on March 22. At the scene they saw a Ford Expedition under the homes carport up in flames. They say the vehicle fire caused the house and two other cars to catch fire. Their Facebook page also says the vehicle fire started in the engine area but the cause of the fire is not known at this time.

If you would like to help this family, donations are being accepted at Lakewood Child Development Center at Lakewood Baptist Church in Phenix City.

The family of five living in this home includes the mom, dad, daughter, and two sons including a 6-month-old.

They're accepting items including clothes, shoes, toiletries etc.

The family is thanking their friends and family at Lakewood Baptist Church for their support love and care.

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