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KY family thankful to be safe after home destroyed in fire

(Source: Holly Brantley, KFVS) (Source: Holly Brantley, KFVS)
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(Source: The Stephens Family) (Source: The Stephens Family)
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(Source: The Stephens Family) (Source: The Stephens Family)
LEDBETTER, KY (KFVS) -

A Kentucky family lost everything but their lives following a recent house fire.

Fire officials in Livingston County where they first thought a Christmas tree left on started the fire. Now, it is being blamed on a bad circuit breaker.

"It was totally devastating," Laura Stephens said. "There are not words for it."

With five-day-old Olivia in her arms, Laura Stephens explained how what was supposed to be a perfect day turned out to be anything but.

Very little is left of the house she and her husband Morgan were renovating on McCollum Lane in Ledbetter.

"She was born on the 10th. We had just brought her home. We left to go visit my in-laws not far away and about an hour later, my husband got the call," Stephens said.

Her husband, Morgan, is a volunteer firefighter. There was a house fire and it happened to be on their street.

You can only imagine how he felt when he pulled up with the firefighters and discovered the house was his family's.

"He was just devastated," she said. "I just cried."

Now, they're staying with family members until they figure out how they're going to move on.

"It is life-changing," she said. "We will get through this. Will be stronger for it."

For Laura and her husband, the only thing that matters is that their love and their new baby are alive and well.

"We are so thankful we have each other. We love each other very much. We grow together. This will only make our relationship stronger," she said.

Laura said their faith has never been stronger.

A fund was set up to help he Morgan and Laura Stephens family.

If you'd like to donate, you can visit the Old Nations Bank across the river in Brookport, Ill.

They are in need of monetary donations and just about everything from household items, to clothes.

The family is very thankful for all of those who have reached out.

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