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No home for the holidays: Deer Park family left without a house after fire

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DEER PARK, Wash. -

A Deer Park family is left without a house after a fire destroys it.

The fire broke out Saturday afternoon off of Eloika Lake Road and fire crews are still working to determine what caused it. Even though the family is now looking through the ashes to see what survived, they’re remaining positive.

Brad and Lari Baum have lived in that house for 20 years. They watched it burn down in front of them Saturday.

“We were pretty devastated from seeing all this happening,” Brad says.

After all, that house was the one their kids and grandkids played and grew up in. Family pictures, the Christmas tree and presents – everything’s now all in ashes. But the tears they’re shedding Sunday aren’t ones of sadness.

“Our house was hot and burning last night really warm and today our hearts are warm from all the love that's shown,” Brad says.

They're tears of happiness from all the support they've gotten showing what’s most important.

“It’s the people that you know that love you that are so generous and they just want to help in anyway they can and it just makes you feel good. And our family. Our family's all here,” Lari says.

So even though they don’t have a house this Christmas, the Baum family is stronger than ever. 

“Home is in our hearts,” the Baums say. “We're going to be okay. Life goes on. This too shall pass.”

They are planning to rebuild their home and they’ll place a welcome sign that survived the fire on their front door to remind them of what they’ve overcome.

If you’d like to help the family, you can do so here: https://www.gofundme.com/brad-and-lareal-fire-loss-recovery

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