Less than a day after flames consumed the better part of the Hull home in Wolfforth, family and friends were salvaging what was left and loading it on to a semi-truck brought over by a friend.
The weekend fire was heartbreaking, happening just days before Christmas. As one close friend told NewsChannel 11, the timing couldn't be any worse.
David and Retha Hull stepped outside Sunday night to make sure their Christmas lights were on and smelled something burning. "We called 911, scampered around to get what we could get and got out of the house. The garage was totally gone by the time they got there," said Retha Hull.
Firefighters were called to the 9300 block of Canoga around 7 p.m. "David called me around 7:45 and said my house is on fire would you call the group," said Stacy Robinson, a longtime friend of the Hull family.
Robinson called both the group and City Bank to set up a fund for the Hulls. "David and Retha are tough. David is a cancer survivor and Retha is a David survivor," said Norma Nash, another family friend.
Nash says picking up the pieces is going to be more than a group effort. "It's pulling together as a community and knowing that you're not just a street number and a house but a human," says Nash.
The Hulls are focused on putting Christmas back together for their children and grandchildren. Friends assure the Hulls that Christmas will be under the tree but it might just be at a different house.
Friends and family are thankful and so are the Hulls. "Lots of prayers and a huge thanks for everyone's generosity. A bad thing happens and yet you see the good in people," says Retha Hull.
Since many of the family's Christmas gifts were inside the trunk of their car, nothing is left. The Hulls tell NewsChannel 11 that their main priority is getting Christmas together for their three grandchildren. If you would like to help a fund has been set up for David and Retha Hull. You can make a donation at any City Bank. Friends and family say any donation is greatly appreciated.