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Spokane Valley Family Loses Christmas Presents, Family Pictures, Two Cars In Fire

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Tuesday, a fire ripped through their detached garage, melting garbage cans and scorching the side of the home where the family and their four young kids, ages 3-10, were sleeping. Tuesday, a fire ripped through their detached garage, melting garbage cans and scorching the side of the home where the family and their four young kids, ages 3-10, were sleeping.
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

The Zeiler family of Spokane Valley has been through quite a lot lately, and now – just days before Thanksgiving – they're dealing with another blow.

Around 3 a.m. Tuesday, a fire ripped through their detached garage, melting garbage cans and scorching the side of the home where the family and their four young kids, ages 3-10, were sleeping. It's lucky the house itself didn't catch fire.

"[The dogs] were up in our kids' rooms barking like crazy, so we knew something was wrong," Lacey Zeiler told KHQ's Kelsey Watts. "We thought we were being robbed again."

That's right – again.

It was just a few days ago the Zeiler's home was broken into. Lacey Zeiler told KHQ their dogs forced the suspect out of the house and into the garage, where he was caught and arrested trying to load up a duffel bag with their things.

"Since our house was robbed we were afraid our presents would get stolen," she explained.

That's why the family hid them inside their brand new minivan. The minivan that burned to the frame along with the family's other car.

"Our three-year-old loves baby dolls and Barbies, so she got those," she recalled. "We were crazy and bought our son a PlayStation Vita, he would have been very excited."

But even that's not where this story ends.

 The family was just approved for a home loan and was preparing to move, so they'd started loading up their personal belongings into that garage before it went up in flames.

"We lost family pictures [of our kids], we lost furniture I'd gotten from my grandmother who passed away, we lost our cars," Zeiler said. "But we still have each other so that's all that matters to us."

If there is any good news, Lacey Zeiler says they've experienced a lot of love from their neighbors. Some – they'd never met before – helped them get their kids out of the house safely, others called 911 when they saw the fire.

A woman even came by after hearing about the fire Tuesday and gave the family $50 to help buy some of those Christmas presents back.

"We may not live in the best neighborhood," Zeiler added. "But we have the best neighbors."

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