Family of four loses nearly everything in a house fire

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EADS, Tenn. -- A family of four is starting over just before Thanksgiving.

A mother says she, her husband, and their two children felt helpless as they watched their home go up in flames. The Grady's lived there for four years, and they watched the whole house burn in minutes.

“This was my life. I lost everything and now when we come home this is what we pull up to,” April Grady said.

When April and her family came home Monday, the corner of their house was on fire, so they called 911.

“Before they could get here, the whole house was completely engulfed. The kids were sitting in the car, they were screaming, they didn't know what to do, we just sat and watched 15 years of our life go up in flames in 20 minutes, and there was nothing we could do but stand here and watch,” Grady said.

Instead of preparing for Thanksgiving, the Grady's spent the day searching through their items.

Although there isn't much to save, they found some belongings, giving them a reason to be thankful .

“These coins, my grandpa got probably 15 or 16 years ago before he died,” Grady said.

Wednesday is the first time Grady and her husband brought their 3- and 4-year-old daughters by the home since it caught fire Monday.

“I don't know what to do. I'm lost. I'm just lost. I don't know where to start. I don't know how to be strong for my kids because I don't know how to be strong for me,” Grady said.

The family's dog died in the fire.

The assistant fire chief of the Fayette County Fire Department says the cause of the fire is still under investigation and appears to be accidental.

The family set up an account at Regions Bank under the Donny D. Grady Family Fund. If you would like to help this family, you can send a donation to any Regions bank or contact the family at  901-238-1050.