Family of 10 escapes house fire without injuries - WSMV News 4

Family of 10 escapes house fire without injuries

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LASCASSAS, TN (WSMV) -

A family of 10 is homeless after a massive fire destroyed their home over the weekend. Eight children and their parents escaped the flames just in time, and they say another family's tragic story saved their lives.

Lee and Casey Ellis have eight children, and everyone was home at the time of the fire.

"By the time we got everyone, the flames had caught the back part and were already coming over the top of the house," Lee Ellis said.

The family escaped with only the clothes on their back.

"We were kind of cramped in there but luckily everyone got out. The kids reacted the way they were taught. Everyone met out here in the front yard," Lee Ellis said.

The fire started in the laundry room and quickly spread through the four-bedroom house.

It's unclear right now what caused it, but officials say it appears to have been an accident.

The family's eldest daughter graduates high school at the end of the month, and hers is the only room still standing. The only thing that was salvaged was her graduation money, which was partially burned.

The family says they made a fire safety plan after seeing a news story about nine family members who were killed in a house fire in southern Kentucky earlier this year.

"You look back at that, and you're just thankful you got out," Lee Ellis said.

Lee Ellis works for the postal service, and with another child on the way plus a farm to take care of, starting over means a long road ahead.

If you'd like to help the family with donations, you can drop them off at the Lascassas Volunteer Fire Department.

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