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10/02/2007- Whitehouse

Whitehouse Family Displaced After Mobile Home Catches Fire

"I don't know what we're going to do," said Leslie Pyle as she looked at the charred frame that was once her home.

In just a matter of minutes, the family's belongings were gone. Leslie said her family of nine were all home Monday night when the fire started. The family said it started on a mattress in the back bedroom.

"What we possibly have here is a 2-year old playing with lighters because the lighter was located next to where the mattress was," said Connie Wasson, Smith County Assistant Fire Marshal.

Three of Leslie's children and four grandchildren were home; the youngest, an 8-month-old baby.

"Everybody had thought that everybody had gotten the baby and she was asleep on the couch. And my oldest daughter ran in and got her and she flew out the door because she tripped. Luckily, we're all alive," said Pyle.

The family is alive, but they're now left in great need.

"We need everything," said Pyle. "I mean we lost everything. We don't have anything.  We have the clothes that was on our backs.  The babies have no beds now.  We have one car seat for four kids.  We don't have anything.  I had money in the house that burned."

Right now the family and kids are scattered, staying with different family members. They're trying to return to school and work but are praying for a helping hand through this most difficult time.

Courtney Lane, reporting.


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