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Salisbury Family Forced Out Of Home By Fire

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Some of the damage caused by the fire (Photo:WBOC) Some of the damage caused by the fire (Photo:WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md.- A Salisbury family could be without a home for the holidays.  A fire started in an upstairs bedroom Saturday morning.  But house or not, they're grateful to still have each other. 

On the outside of 427 Virginia Avenue in Salisbury, everything looks as it should.  But inside, up the stairs to the highest floor it's a different story.  Emma Schmitt lives in the home with her parents, grandmother and three siblings.

"My whole family is sitting in our general area watching a movie, drinking, having breakfast. Just a normal Saturday morning. My brother goes upstairs into his room to get something and comes running downstairs screaming fire," said Schmitt.

The family thinks it may have been a candle that started the fire.  Emma says everyone was in a panic.

"You know you try to think what's the first thing you wanna take when you might not be able to save anything," said Schmitt.

Lucky for the family, everyone is safe. 

"We're definitely grateful that everyone survived," said Schmitt.

Though the damage may not look bad on the outside, they say the house is unliveable because of water damage.   The Schmitt's aren't sure they will have a home for Thanksgiving or Christmas, but Emma says they have each other. 

"Everybody has really stuck together. We've been through hard times before. We were homeless when I was younger and um it's kind of just the attitude that as long as we're together, everything will be okay."

For now, a hug goodbye to friends, and some hope that soon they'll be back home. 

At this time its not known for certain how the fire started.  The Red Cross is helping the family with money to stay in a hotel in Wicomico County. 
 

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