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Family loses everything to house fire
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Imagine suddenly being left homeless, losing absolutely everything you owned, from clothes and shoes to treasured family photos.It’s not just scary, it’s horrific.Such an ordeal happened to the Dan Street family last Thursday night when their home at 5640 Dry Creek Rd. was completely consumed by fire.The original dispatch call, which came in at 7:13 p.m. Thursday, reported what the caller believed to be a forest fire, with flames seen in the distance.But when DeKalb County’s volunteer fireforce arrived in at the remote location, what they found was much different.“We were originally called out to a forest fire in a remote area of the county,” said County Fire Chief Donnie Green.“But when we got there, we found it was a home on fire and it was too far gone for us to be able to save anything,” Green reported.Green said the Street family, which includes two daughters, ages 12 and two, had left their home around 6:30 p.m. to visit relatives and, thankfully, the decimated house was empty at the time of the blaze.Due to the totality of the inferno, no cause has yet been determined.Steve Rapasy, a local Red Cross disaster volunteer, said the family’s loss was complete.“It’s devastating. Here they are with two young daughters and they’ve lost everything. Everything,” he stated.Attempts to contact the Street family to assess their most immediate needs, such as clothing sizes for the family members, were unsuccessful at press-time, but will appear in a later edition of the Smithville Review.