Family who loses Bonham home in fire, helped by community

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BONHAM, Tex. (KXII) -- A family of four is now living in a hotel after losing their Bonham home in a fire, just one month after moving.

"All I remember is him screaming saying, 'the house is on fire, the house is on fire.'"

On Monday, Meagan Hubbard and her three kids were sleeping in their new rental home when her husband woke them up saying their house was in flames.

Thursday, she walked us through what was left.

"The table was there, the china cabinet. That was the kitchen, it all started on that wall area like right there."

The family had just moved in and taken all of their things out of storage a month before the fire.

Firefighters believe the cause was electrical and say there were no permits on file for many of the recent renovations made by their landlord.

"Within 10 minutes the whole house was full of black smoke. Within 25 minutes the roof was caving in."

Hubbard says she's thankful to be alive and believes if her husband had already left for work that night, she and her kids may not be here.

"By the time I would've noticed, I probably would've been asphyxiating honestly and not even been able to save my kids."

Everyone was able to make it out of the home safely, but they lost everything. Including their wedding rings, along with their Christmas presents. And they don't have rental insurance.

"I had just gotten all of my kids Christmas presents off of layaway. We had family back in Alabama, in-laws, that had sent like tablets and thinks like that."

"I'm just glad because someone said everything is replaceable but not us," said 12-year-old Kaylynne Hubbard.

And while their spirits were down, the community managed to put smiles back on their faces by donating clothes, food, shelter and toys.

"They've tried to give us stuff that we can eat here in the hotel room and its just been amazing. The VFW, they've paid for three more nights at the hotel."

"It means a lot to me because it pays back the stuff that I had," 6-year-old Collins said.

The family is still looking to get clothes for their kids ages 3, 6, and 12.

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