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Family Loses Home In Devastating Fire

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Franque Thompson

OMAHA (KPTM)- An Omaha family is left out in the cold after their trailer was destroyed in a fire.  It happened Sunday afternoon near 16th and Storz expressway.

"We've lost everything.  Everything's gone," said Leslie West, looking at the remains of her home.

What she once knew as her safe haven is now a painful memory.  Heavy smoke flowing out of the trailer left West and her family out in the cold and out of a home.  She said none of them expected the unexpected, but says thankfully, the smoke detector saved their lives.

"We could have all died in there," said West.

She said her fire extinguisher wasn't working so she and her family rushed out of the burning trailer to call for help.  The Omaha Fire Department says within three minutes dozens of firemen and rescue squads were there to put out the flame and help this family make sure everyone was accounted for.

"I'm just thankful that everybody got out.  I don't think I could live with myself if one of my kids would've died in there," said West.

Most of their scorched belongings were spread out in their yard.  West said those were just things that can be replaced.  But there was one thing she was hoping to find in the rummage—her mother's ashes.

"They were in there.  Probably gone now," she said.

Even though their material things are ruined—the family finds comfort knowing they have each other.

"When things like this happen people need to make sure to look after their loved ones first before their stuff.  Because that's what's more important," said West.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.  The Red Cross will be helping the family who lived in the trailer--two adults and three children.  Donations including clothes are welcome.

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