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Family with no place to call home after home burns twice in one week

The home is a total loss (Source: Chris White) The home is a total loss (Source: Chris White)
Fire crews say the fire is suspicious in nature, and have called in the fire marshal to investigate. Fire crews say the fire is suspicious in nature, and have called in the fire marshal to investigate.
The family is still in need of food, clothing and toys. The family is still in need of food, clothing and toys.
BENTON, MO (KFVS) -

Officials are investigating a mobile home fire in Scott County.  The home on County Road 403 south of Benton caught fire for the second time this week.

The first fire occurred on Tuesday, and then burned again early Friday around 2 a.m.

Richard and Tammy Martin say they were planning to move back into the home after the first fire, because there wasn't that much damage.

The second fire, however, destroyed the home.

Fire crews say the fire is suspicious in nature, and have called in the fire Marshal to investigate.

The family dog was inside the trailer at the time of the fire.

It was thought that pet did not make it out, but it was later found okay.

"She was a little wet and smelled bad, but is okay," said Tammy Martin..

The family isn't as concerned about the material loss. They are worried about how the fire is affecting their 8-year-old son who suffers from a very rare neurological disorder that has autism characteristics.

"He is very unsettled right now," said Tammy Martin.

"My son being closed up like he is (in a motel room) is horrifying," said Richard Martin.

The Martins are currently staying at a Cape Girardeau motel, courtesy of the Red Cross.

"He (her son) wants to be back in the house, that's his safe haven," said Tammy Martin. "Now it's not there."

Organizations such as the American Red Cross and Goodwill are currently helping the family. 

However, the family is still in need of food, clothing and toys.

Clothing sizes

Richard Martin: Size 8 1/2 shoe

Tammy Martin: Size 8 shoe

Junior Martin, age 8: Size 8 boys clothing, size 2 shoe

Elizabeth Martin, age 10: Size 8-9 girls clothing, size 2 shoe

Patrick Furniture at 1140 North Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau will accept clothing, food and toys for the family.

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