A single mother of four and an Anton ISD teacher is trying to move forward after a fire destroyed her home Friday afternoon.
Anton Fire Investigators believe a heat lamp on the back porch shorted out causing the fire. The family says although they've lost everything right before Christmas, they've never been more thankful.
"Right when I woke up looked toward the kitchen and the whole backside of our house was on fire and I just panicked and ran outside," says Reece Brazil.
"On Friday afternoon my son called me," says Lorna Brazil.
"The house is on fire. Get here as fast as you can," Reece told him mom.
"I thought he was joking," says Lorna.
But Lorna, a single mother of four, knew her worst fear had come true when she could see a cloud of smoking rising from her home.
"It's kind of like being in a dream. It's surreal, like it's not really happening," says Lorna.
Firefighters with the Anton and Littlefield Volunteer Fire Departments began battling the flames around 2:30 p.m. Friday. Almost four hours later, the home Lorna remembered was almost unrecognizable.
Anton Fire Investigators believe a heat lamp shorted causing the fire. While the family says the home is a complete loss, they were able to save some pictures and heirlooms.
"The thing that bothers me the most is our Christmas decorations, the kids ornaments that we collected from birth, special Santa clauses and things like that they're all ashes," says Lorna.
Lorna, a school teacher in Anton, says her hope has not extinguished thanks to community support.
"Small communities are great at taking care of each other and the community has been wonderful," says Lorna.
Brazil says for now the future is hazy as she and her boys sort through what's left of their home.
"I've just learned how to survive and you take a deep breath and put one foot in front of another and keep going," says Lorna.
A reason the family agrees the best gift they'll receive this Christmas is each other.
Currently the Brazil's are staying with family in Anton. If you would like to make the holidays a little brighter for the Brazil family, a fund has been set up at Citizen's Bank in Anton and also at Lubbock National Bank in Lubbock.
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