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Family of Five In Shock After Early Morning Basement Fire

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YAKIMA, WA-- A family is out of a home Thursday after a fire destroyed their basement and left the rest of their house unlivable until things get cleaned up.

"What am I going to do with this?! I have four generations living in one house, and I have two dogs and I have kids.  Where are we going to go? That’s my home!," said Linda Johnson whose house is now unlivable.

"I don't know what we are going to do. I mean, I swear, I hope God is watching because I need some help,” she said.

A fire started in her basement destroying her bedroom and everything else under the house all while she was upstairs with her 92-year-old father who is confined to a wheelchair.

Everyone got out safely, but now that she cannot go back inside until after months of cleanup her neighbors are lending a helping hand.

"Opening up my home if they need a place to stay or food or anything that they need, we're here," said Patricia Jaime who lives next door.

She says she is not the only one who feels the responsibility to help out.

"The neighborhood will help.  I know we'll all be here for them to help them out with anything else that they need," Jaime said.

The Johnson’s know they are in good hands moving forward from this tragedy.

"Oh this is the best neighborhood in Yakima and we help each other.  That’s how we do things. We spend time helping each other," she said. "I will survive and so will my family and this neighborhood will help."

Firefighters are still investigating what exactly caused this fire.  Johnson said it came out of nowhere and that she just remodeled her home.

She also said she rescued her two dogs from fight shelters and is now worried she won't be able to find a place for them while this gets cleaned up.
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