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Smith Co. Family Rebuilding After House Fire

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by Shannon Royster

SMITH COUNTY, Tenn. - A Smith County family is still trying to start over after a fire ripped through their home earlier this month.

Everything was destroyed and Jacqueline Brown said it's tough to cope.

"My heart is still broken," she said. "Everything we worked hard for is gone. There's no clothing, no furniture, no toys."

All that is left of Dustin and Jacqueline's four-bedroom home they shared with their 4-year-old daughter Cali is a pile of smoldering rubble.

"I now know what its like to be at the bottom of the bottom, said Jacqueline. "I never thought this would be us never."

Now, the Browns all stay in one bedroom in a small mobile home with Dustin's parents and grandparents, and under these circumstances Jacqueline constantly replays the real life horror she lived October 10.

"I saw flames coming through the side of our door, and my first thought was 'oh my God maybe I could put this out,' but then I heard this loud sound," said Jacqueline.

She grabbed Cali and got out. She said they ran across the street and started snapping pictures after calling 911.

"That's when I realized we were going to lose everything," she said. "It was gone. It was up in flames."

Dustin was at work at the time of the fire. He said he couldn't believe his eyes when he came home. "When I pulled up they were trying to keep me from going towards the house," he said. "All I could think about was just making sure them two were okay."

They were alright physically until the stress of it all led Jacqueline to have a miscarriage. She was seven weeks pregnant at the time of the fire.

"Even after the fire that was something we were still hanging hope to," she said. "It seems like we've lost all hope on everything."

Now, they try to focus on Cali because she's full of joy. Even though Cali no longer has her princess room, she's looking forward to the future and Halloween as Alice in Wonderland.

"I'm glad that she's able to keep smiling like it never hurt her," said Dustin. "I wish we could all think like that."

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