Fire after Christmas family loses everything

By Lynnette Hoffman

Fire after Christmas family loses everything

The burned home left only a small bit of framework standing.

Monday, December 27 at 6:09 p.m. a fire broke out in a home off of Florence Place in Winlock. Many fire departments arrived on the scene during this snowy day. The home is a total loss and the residents in the home lost everything. The daughter of the occupant saved her other family members from being caught in the fire, definitely doing a heroic deed. This is a tough time of year to have a house fire as they had just received gifts for Christmas from the community and those too were lost. The family needs household items and monetary donations as they rebuild their home.

"Chehalis [Fire Department] responded to the report of a structure fire at 100 block of Florence Place," said the fire department report from the evening of the 27th. "Fire arriving units found heavy fire conditions from the single story residence. Crews initiated the defensive attack while also protecting nearby exposures. Fire heavily damaged the residence which is a total and was determined under control at 6:43 p.m. Firefighters from Lewis County Fire Districts arrived on scene were Fire Districts Winlock, Toledo, Vader, Napavine and Chehalis. The cause and origin are being investigated by the Lewis County Fire Marshall."

Nicole Laur and her husband had left for a short time and their 15-year-old daughter, Haylee was at home babysitting her 3 and 4 year old siblings. When the fire broke out, Hayley realized the smoke and flames coming out of the furnace close to the 3-year-old's room where they were playing down the hallway past the furnace room. Once she saw that the flames were already everywhere, she ran back to get her baby sisters. She had to Army crawl out, and she saved her baby sisters and her dog. She is truly a hero.

"When we got the call, thank God we were only a block away," said Nicole. "The kids walked a ΒΌ mile to safety with no shoes to our neighbors home. We have lost everything, 2 years, all of our belongings and 8 years of memories. Haylee was truly a hero that evening, she saved her sisters but took nothing of her own during the fire."

The Laurs have four children living in the home with them. They are in need of clothing, electronics, anything the community can do to help the family, they have literally lost everything including vehicles. Haylee sizes are 1 junior for clothing and 7-8 for shoes, Jaylynn is a pant 7-8 size pant and 1 in shoes. Madison is a 4-5 Toddler and 10 children's shoes and Ellie is a 3 Toddler and size 8-9 shoe. The ages of their children living at home are; Haylee 15, Jaylynn 9, Madison 4 and Ellie 3.

Anytime a house fire has happened in Winlock when the family is in need, the community has always stepped up to help. We currently have a drop off location at Boss Hoggs and the Lewis County News on Wednesday and Saturday. The location is next to Sahara Pizza, where the farmers market is in the front of the

location and the paper is in the back portion. You can also call me directly at the Lewis County News 360-785-3151.

A house fire is very devastating for anyone, and it takes a community pulling together to get a family through this time. A friend of the family set up a go fund me account, it is if you are able to donate. Thank you for helping a family after one of the most devastating situations in their lives.