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Family loses everything in fire just before Christmas

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

An east Nashville family lost their home to fire just before Christmas. Flames ripped through the Porter Road apartment early Sunday morning.

"Motor scooters, clothes, Easy Bake Oven," Ashley O'Hara remembered all the things lost in the fire.

O'Hara thought it was going to be one of their best Christmas holidays yet. She told Channel 4 News she saved for months to get her twins Christmas presents. But all her hard work went up in smoke early Sunday along with their gifts.

The single mother of two came back to Berckshire Place Apartments Monday to survey the damage. She said she was home alone and had just fallen asleep in her room when something woke her up around 1 that morning. O'Hara rushed to the kitchen right into a wall of smoke and flames. So she ran to a neighbor's apartment for help.

O'Hara described what happened.

"I said 'my house is on fire. My house is on fire!' So I grabbed her phone and I tried to call the fire department," O'Hara said.

"The kitchen was engulfed in flames," neighbor Nicole Ezell said.

Ezell grabbed a fire extinguisher and tried to put out the flames, but it was already too late.

"By the time I got over there it was just in flames everything was real black and you could see the fire coming out the kitchen... I shut the door to cut off the fire so it wouldn't spread," Ezell said.

Crews put out the flames in less than an hour but they were only able to save a handful of toys. Despite that O'Hara said she and her family are truly blessed.

"I'm just thanking God I'm here ... and my kids you know wasn't in the house. Like I know the materialistic stuff I can get that back."

Not only did O'Hara's twins lose their Christmas presents they also lost their birthday gifts. The twins just turned 7 Saturday.

O'Hara said she didn't have renter's insurance. Ironically she planned to get some when she got her tax returns next year.

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