SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Liz Thomas said she was raised to always take care of her responsibilities.
"We're just going to have to start over," she said.
It will not be easy. Liz said she celebrated her 40th birthday, Friday, at her home, on F. M. 757.
Monday afternoon, Smith County fire crews spent much of the afternoon battling to get the fire under control. Liz said, thankfully, her 14-year-old daughter was at school. Liz said she'd taken her son in for a doctor's visit.
She turned her cell phone off. After the appointment, she said she had multiple messages. She said that's when she got a call from her father. "He was like, where's the kids, where's the kids!"
Smoke still rose from the ashes, Tuesday morning.
"I don't even like standing here looking at it."
Everything the family owned was destroyed.
But that did not stop Liz. She went back to work this morning. Both kids went back to school.
"I may have on the same thing on I had on yesterday, but I'm a single mom taking care of my kids," she said. Liz said the family is going to take it one day at a time.
"The kids understand Christmas may be late, but they're going to have a Christmas," she said. "As long as we're together, that's all that matters.
Liz said the family is insured, but friends and coworkers have set up a tragedy fund in her name.
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