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Clark Co. community rallies behind family who lost home

LOYAL (WAOW) - A Clark County family is counting their blessings after losing their home in a fire.

An early morning fire on Tuesday destroyed the Weinfurter's home in rural Loyal.

The family made it out of the house safely. But their pets and belongings were lost.

Now, the family is thanking loved ones, friends, and even strangers who pitched in after they lost everything.

The family is settling in to a community member's home as they begin to rebuild their lives.

"We're getting more smiles today. This house gives up some sense of home because this is where we'll be during the whole rebuilding process," said Pat Weinfurter.

The family will also rebuild their house after the fire destroyed their home of 11 years.

"We ran out to the end of the road to call 911 and the fire just flashed about the time we got to the thing and the pressure was pretty severe and the house was, it was gone. It was all on fire," said Weinfurter.

Despite the loss, the family is in good spirits.

"The community, the friends, and the family, they help us and it just gives you this positive outlook," said Weinfurter.

Friends quickly stepped in to help, gathering donations for the Weinfurter's.

C&J Auto and Machine in Loyal established itself as a drop-off location for donations.

"A lot of clothing, groceries, household items, health and beauty items, money and gift cards which are very needed," said Winnie Lucht of C&J.

Niki Dietshe, a cousin of the family, has spent a lot of time picking up and delivering donations. She said many of them have come from strangers.

"They do it to pay it forward," said Dietshe of Marshfield.

Community leaders say that's what this small community is about.

"I think it shows we have great faith in humanity," said Dave Williams, City of Loyal mayor.

"We are called Loyal and you can definitely see it in situations like this," said Chris Lindner, Loyal Public Schools principal and basketball coach of one of the Weinfurter daughters.

As their old home smolders, the Weinfurter's still feel grateful.

"You want to say thank you but it's not enough," said Laurie Weinfurter. "There's so many people that have helped, so many people that have given us things, and phone calls and cards. You say thank you but you don't feel like that's enough."

A savings account fund has been set up for the Pat and Laurie Weinfurter family at Valley Communities Credit Union in Marshfield.

  The family tells Newsline 9 the cause of the fire is unknown. They say they do have insurance.

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