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Robertson Co. family with 8 kids loses home in fire

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SPRINGFIELD, TN (WSMV) -

After peace and quiet on a camping trip, a Robertson County family has come home to devastation. Flames had ripped through their home, leaving a couple and their eight children homeless.

Johnnie and Ronda Chennault say the fire was another unimaginable blow during a tough time. Just a few weeks ago, their children lost a grandfather and now they've lost the only home they've known.

Sixteen years of memories for the Chennault family are now buried in the ashes.

"It's going to be a little while before we can go see if there's anything in there," said Johnnie Chennault, a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Right now, the family has little more than the clothes on their backs. One of the only things that survived was a statue of an angel - a small sign that there are better days ahead.

"It's like God shows himself to you in the middle of the chaos," said Ronda Chennault.

They're hoping that as they look for a new place to live, they can all stay together.

"Most, we need prayer that the kids keep moving forward, that they don't dwell on what they've lost too much," said Ronda Chennault.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The Chennaults say they didn't have insurance, and they're hoping anyone who is able, can help with clothes and food for their children.

If you would like to contribute, visit a U.S. Bank branch and ask for the "Chennault family fire fund."

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