Ash Grove Community Helps Family Following House Fire

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ASH GROVE, Mo. —  A community has come together for a family who lost nearly everything in a house fire this week.

Ten people live inside the three story home that caught fire on Farm Road 74 in Ash Grove Thursday.

All ten people were luckily safe, but nine dogs were lost.

The Adams family would have lived in the historic home for six years this November.

Of the eight children who live there, six were home at the time, with one adult.

Luckily, they all escaped safely.  Now, the Ash Grove community is stepping in to help.

The wind washes away some of the ashes left behind.  Through the rubble and ruins, Tracy Adams finds gratitude.

“Last night was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before,” said Adams.  “There have been a lot of blessings in the tragedy.”

Eight children live inside the historic home with Tracy and her husband.  They’ve adopted kids from all over the world– including Haiti, Bulgaria and Guatemala.   They’re thankful the kids all escaped unharmed.

“Houses can be replaced– but I’m pretty torn up about my dogs,” said Adams.  “But I’m thanking God prefusely my children made it out.”

Of their 12 dogs, nine were lost in the flames.

“Unfortauntely I wasn’t able to get my animals out– but I got my kids out,” said Adams.

Through everything the family lost in the fire, they find hopeand healing within a caring community.

“I’ve never experienced such an outpouring of  love,” said Adams.

“Donations have continued to flow in for them,” said Ash Grove Student Services Director Erica Long.

From clothes and belongings for the kids, to food and other necessities– the Ash Grove community has come together to help in a time of need.

“When I heard this happened, I just prayed everyone was okay,” said Long.  “And our second concern was how we could help– and that’s what we wanted to do and continue to do for them.”

 “I don’t know what I would’ve done without them all,” added Adams.

A support sytem in a trying time is helping make all the difference in the world.

“I just want to thank everybody who supported us and continues to support us– there’s really not enough words to do that,” said Adams.  “And we are a family of faith– and I know God will get us through it.”

The fire is still under investigation.

The family attends First Baptist Church– which is where many of the donations have come from, as well as the Ash Grove School.

There is a go-fund-me page.  You can donate to the family by clicking here.




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