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Family of six loses everything in fire

FELICITY, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- A family of six lost their mobile home in a fire and has been staying in a motel. But, Sunday the family said they will be homeless because they don't have a place to go.

Chris Horn, his fiance Wendy Baldwin, their three children and Horn's older brother Odell have been staying in the Days Inn on Mt. Carmel Tobasco Rd. in Union Twp. The American Red Cross paid for the family to stay at the motel for a couple of nights and their church and an anonymous donor paid for a couple of nights. The family is grateful for the help. A fire started in their house Tuesday morning in a back bedroom.

"I went in our place and there's nothing left. Nothing salvageable. It's just gone," Horn said.

Wendy Baldwin and Odell were in the mobile home when the fire started. Odell is 69 years old and uses a wheelchair. He is physically and mentally disabled.

"We seen smoke and we ran," Baldwin said. She added, "It's just something we can't forget."

Baldwin and Horn's children were not home when the fire started.

"I was staying at my friend's and these people were like, 'Jeremy, do you know your house is on fire?' And I said no it's not. And they said I swear it is. And that's when I started running. I ran down there," Jeremy Baldwin said.

The children said they lost their toys in the fire.  Goldie Horn misses her Monster High Dolls and Jeremy lost his pocket knives. They are supposed to return to school in the a couple of weeks. They were able to buy clothes with money provided by the American Red Cross.

"It's just hard trying to get everything back together for the kids," Wendy Baldwin said.

The family hopes they'll be able to find a new place to live in Felicity by the time school starts. They did not have insurance. Money is tight for the family. Chris Horn works temporary construction jobs and with their limited income he said his family needs help.

"Maybe they can help us out with some clothing or anything that could help us get into another place," Horn said. The family also lost items that cannot be replaced such as family photos.

The family can be reached at the Days Inn until Sunday. The number is 513.528.3800.

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