By Tiffany Pelt - email
LEVELLAND, TX (KCBD) – A Levelland family of six is trying to get back on their feet after a fire destroyed their mobile home less than a week after Christmas. The File family lost their home Thursday, and that's not the only bad news they received that week.
Roger and Susan File moved into the mobile home two years ago with their four kids after Roger lost his job in Arizona.
"My daughter-in-law Susan, she comes running up to the porch and she falls at the front door, and she's yelling Bill, my house is on fire," said Bonnie File, Roger's mother.
Holding back tears Bonnie described the damage to the home her parents had lived in since 1982 before passing away. "Black smoke was just billowing out of those windows. We went to the door and the ceiling fan was all on fire."
Like several times before, the family had a fire burning in the fireplace, but investigators say this time embers drifted into the attic from a rusted chimney flute. In a matter of minutes flames engulfed the home.
"It was just a lot of chaos," said 15-year-old Sabrina File. Sabrina rushed into her burning home and pulled out their dogs. Her sister Alexius helped get her 19 month old brother Brandon and three-year-old sister Tiffany to the ambulance. "I started crying and I look over and my little sister is crying. She was cold, and all she had on was a dress and no shoes," said Alexius.
Luckily most of the family was already outside of the home before it caught fire, but unfortunately they lost everything and didn't have insurance on the home. This was just the beginning of the bad news. "My daughter-in-law got a phone call two days later, and they said that her step mom is dying. So they're in Kansas right now," said Bonnie. Susan's step-mother didn't make it.
Until the File family can get back on their feet, they are staying with Bonnie and Bill. Eight people, in a three bedroom mobile home. "It's a little cramped but we're finding out how to make it work," said Bonnie.
"One thing that's wonderful is God gives us memories that can't be taken away from us. It's been hard but I've seen God's hand so much in what has happened," cried Bonnie. "The city has been amazing. We have had so many donations coming in and we can't say enough thanks for their out pouring of love to us."
In return, the Files hope other families take away a valuable message from their tragedy. "I said to my husband I want that flute in ours checked because we've been here 15 years. It can happen to anyone," said Bonnie.
The File family still needs your help getting their lives back to normal. Monetary donations can be made at any City Bank under Roger and Susan File. Or if you have other donations you can call Bonnie at 806-894-8413.
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