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Fire leaves Wilmington family homeless

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A fire in Wilmington leaves a family without a home tonight. The home on 7th Street went up in flames just before 8:30 a.m.

The owner told us she was on her way out the door when she smelled smoke. She went to check on her two daughters, who were asleep on the second floor. That's when she saw flames inside the girls' rooms.

Firefighters were able to save part of the house by quickly knocking the fire out.

"This is a material loss," Wilmington Fire Department Capt. Tim Smith. "You can't replace your loved ones, but you can replace that structure, the house."

Investigators are still looking into the cause of the fire.

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What If

What if they do not own the house and are renting, the landlord will receive a new home but this family still has to start from scratch. I wish the article said whether or not they were renters, I hope the community can come together and help out!

What if they were renting??

are you stating they did not have content insurance to cover their belongings?

how do i help?

is there a fund set up for this family? do you have the sizes of clothing they will need, i'd like to help, thanks.

If they have

homeowner or fire insurance, they should have no worries. One of the coverages provides for temporary living expenses while repairs are made.

Just think, if insured, they may get a new house out of this.