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“We lost everything.”
Sunday morning, March 29, around 6 a.m., the Britnell Family’s house caught fire.
Eddie, Elsa and her son Jessie were in the house at the time of the fire.
Elsa had woken up and noticed strange noises coming from the breaker box in the kitchen.
“It was crackling – popping,” she said.
Upon investigation, she noticed flames consuming the east side of their home.
“I couldn’t think,” Elsa said. “I went blank. What do you do when something like that happens?”
However, she sprang into action, alerting her husband and son and began searching for their dog Hondo.
“I didn’t grab anything,” Elsa said. “I just wanted my family out of there.”
In fact, Eddie says that if it wasn’t for his wife, he might have not made it out in time.
“If Elsa wouldn’t have woken me up, I would’ve been trapped in there,” he said.
Thankfully Elsa acted as quickly as she did, as the entirety of the house was engulfed within minutes.
“Everything happened so quickly,” Elsa said. “My son had to come out through the window because the flames were already in the hallway. When we got out of the house, the whole dining room was falling apart.”
The fire was announced under control by the Post Volunteer Fire Department at 6:44 a.m.
“Luckily it didn’t reach the neighbors house,” Eddie said.
However, their home and most of their belongings were unsalvageable.
“My whole world is flipped upside down,” Eddie said. “We lost everything we had.”
As they looked through the rubble, little was to be found other than ashes.
“Everything is burnt to the ground,” Elsa said.
However, the Britnells are just thankful that everyone got out safely, including Hondo.
“It’s going to be hard from here,” Eddie said. “but we are alive and that’s what matters.”
Elsa seconded him saying, “I just thank God we are okay.”
The family is keeping a positive outlook, planning a fresh start.
“We put a lot of money into this house,” Elsa said. “We had remodeled the whole thing. It’s going to get knocked down. We’ll start over.”
“Yeah, we’ll be starting over,” Eddie said. “It’s going to be hard from here. It’s going to be a long road, but we’ll be alright.”
With no home insurance or back up plan, the Britnells are thankful for everything the community has done for them thus far.
“We appreciate everyone helping us,” Eddie said. “Thank you for checking on us. Thank you for bringing us jackets and shoes and everything else. Everyone came running. There are some good folks around here.”
If you would like to donate to the Britnell family visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/house-fire-relief-fund-for-elsa?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet or find the link on our Facebook page.