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Family that lost everything still grateful

VIDOR- by Haley Bull

A family that lost everything gave thanks this Thanksgiving despite losing everything in a house fire in West Orange early Monday morning.

Bread, turkey and pie were all items on the Thanksgiving menu at Mary Jo Best's house in Vidor.

"We're gonna be thankful that everybody's here to share what we have," Best said.

She cooked the meal for her son's family.

"My grand kids, my babies, they, they mean a lot and we are just so thankful," she said.

She's thankful she shared the holiday with them after fire destroyed her son's house and everything inside.

"We were all sleeping in the house and the little black dog we took in as a stray started barking," Chad Edwards said.

That's when he woke up.

"The wife looked out the window and she just, oh no the neighbor's house is on fire," he said.

Edwards and his wife hurried to get their three children.

"Their room where they were at had caught fire as we were going out the door," Edwards said.

All that the flames left were piles of wood and debris from two houses and the shell of a third.

"It was just like a matchbook lighting up because they were so old," Edwards said.

Everything gone, except his family.

"My family and everything's still here. I mean I got my wife, my kids," he said. "They're the ones that really count."

The family is just grateful to have each other this holiday season.

"I just can't imagine what people go through losing their kids," Best said tearing up. "That's as close as I ever want to be."


 

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