Community Helps Foster Family Displaced By Fire

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Fri, December 27 2013 at 3:50 PM, Updated: Fri, December 27 2013 at 3:59 PM

A family of eight that lost their house in an early morning fire just two weeks before Christmas are getting settled in their new home tonight.

Becky Fuller says the fire began when a wall behind a chimney began to smoke...

"So we got everybody out, and went to the end of the driveway and called 911.  And about ten minutes later, we started seeing flames coming out of the upstairs."

The fire destroyed the house, and most everything inside.

Fuller is a foster mom to three male toddlers, and two teenage girls...

"My boys thought it was the greatest thing, because they got to see fire trucks, and firemen all dressed up."

Fuller notes the reality of the loss hit the girls much harder...

"My teenagers had a hard time.  They lost basically everything that they ever owned in their life."

The five kids and three adults spent the next ten days in a motel.

But then, a Christmas miracle began...donations from churches, friends, and total strangers started to come in.

"The community was amazing."  Says Fuller.  "They stepped up, and donated toys, and clothes, and furniture - and my kids had the best Christmas that they'll probably ever have in their life."

The family and their dog moved into a house the Friday before Christmas.

The kids now have new shoes, and a place of their own to sleep. 

And Becky Fuller has a new sense of gratitude...

"We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for this community."

Fuller also has high praise for the Klamath Chapter of the American Red Cross, who were on hand to help out the family the night of the fire.

 

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About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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