Family Of 7 Homeless After Fire

Family Of 7 Homeless After Fire

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A family of seven is homeless after fire swept through their home in Jefferson County Friday afternoon.

Firefighters were called to the house on County Route 162 in the town of Rutland. The address appears to be 18799 Route 162.

Flames and heavy black smoke were seen coming from the house, which was destroyed.

According to neighbors, Joe and Samantha Sawyer and their five children lived in the home.

No one was there when the blaze broke out.

"Somebody come pounding on the door and said. 'Hey, your neighbor's house is on fire,' and it happened to be a friend of mine that lives down the road and he was calling 911 and stuff and we hurried up and came out and we could see smoke coming out of the front of the house," said Stacy Amos, neighbor.

It took crews from 9 fire departments to put the fire out, bringing in tank after tank of water.

Firefighters say maintaining the water supply on top of the weather made it difficult to fight.

Eventually, they had to bring in heavy equipment to tear the house down.

"Pretty much the entire roof on the main portion of the house had collapsed and the second floor had collapsed down into the first floor so we brought in the heavy equipment 'cause we can't get inside to do anything at that point to kinda open it up and make us be able to get water to it," said Assistant Chief Will Kalin of the Rutland Fire Department.

Firefighters say they don't know the cause of the fire, but they and neighbors say it's a difficult time for something like this to happen.

"Being this close to Christmas, I just know they just lost everything. You can see the house is just totally gone. It's just terrible," said Amos.

With a story like this, many will wonder if the family's Christmas presents were lost. Neighbors say the Sawyers kept many gifts at a relative's home.

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