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Losing Everything Again: Richland Family Regroups After 3rd Tragedy

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A Richland family lost everything they owned recently and it’s not the first time. A Richland family lost everything they owned recently and it’s not the first time.
RICHLAND, WA - A Richland family lost everything they owned recently and it’s not the first time.

The Baker family recently had to start their lives over after a devastating fire. They've been through this before and not just once.

A knocked over lamp just a month ago ignited flames destroying everything.

"This is my bedroom, what's left of it," said Greg Baker as he pointed through a broken out window of the home. After she woke to the smell of smoke, Greg’s wife Kim yelled at him to get out of the house. Luckily the kids weren't home.

"If it wasn't for her I wouldn't have made it and I got burned pretty good but I'm healing real nice."

Their dog Roscoe wasn't as lucky. He hid under the bed as they tried to pull him out, but the flames were too much. He died from smoke inhalation.

The first time the family lost it all was back in 2005. The Louisiana family roughed it out during hurricane Katrina. 

"When the water receded, we slept on someone's front yard on garbage bags for a week," explained Kim.

By 2012 they had started fresh in Missouri. They were in the process of moving but as they were packing the last of their new belongings they were robbed and attacked at their storage unit.

"He come up beside my son and tried pulling him down, so I grabbed him, pulled my son out of the way and I got stabbed 4 times," said Greg.

Everything was stolen and everything was lost. Just this week the man who attacked Baker was finally convicted of his crimes and will serve at least 15 years in prison.

Greg Baker is still finding personal items from the fire. "That was some of my keepsakes from when I was a child," he said picking up a baby elephant sculpture. It was the only thing he had kept from those years before and now it’s charred black from smoke.

The family is now in a new home. They’ve lined their walls with printed out messages of strength to keep them going like “We may not have it all, but we have each other.” Every day they’re just reminded to be thankful for their lives.

"We're a strong family. We're getting stronger every day," said Greg.

The family’s new home is already almost completely furnished by local donations. They say of all the tragedies no community has ever helped them in this way. Baker told NBC Right Now he thought he lost faith in people altogether but not anymore. As the family continues to regroup they wanted to make sure everyone who has supported them knows they're thankful for every bit of help. 
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