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Community Helps Umatilla Family After Fire Destroys Their Home

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UMATILLA, Ore.-- A fire in Umatilla destroyed four homes last week and now community members are coming together to help the families pick up the pieces.

The fire totally destroyed the Rogers family home, leaving behind only pieces of memories like their children's toys or storybook pages.

"My 3-year-old wrote this. It's our family," said Renate Rogers as she held up a picture her daughter made.

Renate Rogers is picking up the pieces of what's left of her home.

A fire destroyed the house Tuesday along with four other homes in a Umatilla neighborhood.

"Me and my wife's main priority is just trying to make it as normal as possible for our daughters," said Brad Rogers.

The Rogers have two daughters, ages 3 and 5-years-old, who ask to go home, but their parents have to explain that just isn't possible now.

Monday volunteers came to help the Rogers dig through the debris and clear away what little is left of their home.

"As long as it's standing here and it's staring them in the face, they can't put it behind them. And we want to get it behind them as soon as we can," said Dick Arkills, volunteer.

This afternoon a bulldozer tore down the house, knocking down the front door and closing what was once the place they called home.

The Rogers say they feel a deep sense of loss, but they're grateful for the community that's helping them through it.

"It can be replaced but the support from the community, it just feels really good to know that there's people out there willing to help you out," Brad Rogers said with tears in his eyes.

The Rogers say now that the walls have come down, this house just isn't a home and they plan to rebuild somewhere else.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

If you'd like to help the Rogers family, you can make a donation at a Banner Bank to the Rogers Family Fire Fund.

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