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Finley Family Loses Everything in Fire, Including Important Documents Needed for Assistance

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FINLEY, WA - A Finley family of nine are homeless after a fire caused by a burning candle ripped through their house this past MLK Monday.

The fire started in a back bedroom and as it got hotter and hotter, it blew out the bedroom window.

Firefighters say high winds pushed the fire through the house.

The family inside smelled smoke and got out in time.  

Firefighters were able to knock down the fire along Finely Road fairly quickly, but it caused a lot of damage throughout the home.

The Red Cross was called out to help the four adults and five kids that live there.

So what happens when you lose everything and that assistance keeping you housed runs out?

In order to get any kind of assistance the Negrete family needs to have photo Id's and birth certificates and sadly none of those are included here in the pile of what little they could salvage. 

"I lost a lot of personal items...sorry. (begins to cry) I lost my mom's picture. That was the only one I had of her. My kids stuff, I lost one of our dogs," Krystal Negrete said. 

They already buried their tiny chihuahua and after three days of being housed by the Red Cross all nine of them are homeless.

"I'm just calling to see if there's any way you guys can help us find a place to live, because as of right now we don't have a place to stay," Negrete said as she spoke over the phone with a local shelter. 

Thanks to one charity, they have a voucher for first month's rent, but  it's hard to find a place that'll accommodate the four adults and five kids.

"We just haven't been able to find a place so right now our address is the back of our truck."

They've lived there seven years.

Now the boarded up building is just an empty reminder of everything they used to have. 

"Just in a heartbeat everything is gone."

But not hope. A single donator gave them $500. The truck has bags of donated items from strangers.

In their tragedy, they still see some good. 

"It means a lot to us that we have a community, that's willing to help us. I mean, it's little things, but those little things count a lot."

If you'd like to help the family there is an account setup at local Bank of America locations. Their account number is 138100997147, routing number 125000024. 

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