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Keeping Vigil: Neighbors rally around family after everything they own goes up in flames

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

September 15th will be a day the Pesich family will long remember. The home the family of 6 lived in went up in flames in a matter of minutes along Highway 195 near Excelsior Road. 

In tonight's Keeping Vigil, sometimes in your darkest hours is when you find light. 

Bronco Pesich watched everything he owned go up in flames.

"Every single thing.  All I had was a pair of shorts, a tank top my daughter and my dog.  I didn't even have my shoes on."

New to Spokane the Pesich family quickly became homeless.  

"I watched this happen in 20 minutes my whole house went from this giant beautiful house to just flat," Bronco said. "It was devastating but at the same time I remember when it was happening there was a sort of calmness that came over me. I just kept repeating it.  God I know you love me and I love you and I know you've got my back basically."

As if a miracle happened before his eyes, Bronco saw neighbors and complete strangers  rush to his family's side.

"Within the first 10 minutes of the fire, pretty much all my neighbors on all sides came to our aid," Bronco said.

One of those neighbors is Valerie Murphy who's been a pillar for the family since day one.

"Val has been great.  She's been sort of on the front lines for us," Bronco said. 

"I'm a true believer that there is goodness in all of us.  It's so much easier to be on the giving end than the receiving end," Valerie said. 

She used the app Next Door to reach out to others for help. 

"I had one lady knock on my door and hand me several hundred-dollar Target gift cards," she said. "Just those kinds of moments that have been so uplifting."

Within days the Pesich family was overwhelmed with the kindness, generosity and outpouring of support to move them forward from the fire.  

"It's just made my faith a whole lot stronger and it's made me realize the material stuff that we lost is not really all that important," Bronco said. "It's all replaceable but it's life that's not replaceable. I'm eternally grateful to God for sparing my family and my daughter and even my dog."  

The Pesich family plans to rebuild right where they planted their roots.

"We're not going anywhere.  We love Spokane."

While fire investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire, the Pesich family would like to thank them for their hard work and preventing their neighbors' homes from going up in flames.  

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