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Family homeless but safe after fire destroys home

Family homeless but safe after fire destroys home

POST FALLS, Idaho - A Post Falls family is homeless after their home was destroyed by fire Thursday evening.

The fire broke out around 7:30 Thursday evening in the garage of the home, located in the 2400 block of Bunchgrass Drive. It quickly moved to the attic and ended up doing about $50,000 in damage.

The Halone family isn't focusing on the price tag though, they're just thankful no one was hurt.

Casey Halone was at a neighbor's house when the fire started.

"Looking out the window I saw some flames, they looked awfully close to my house so I raced home and sure enough it was fully engulfed," Halone said.

Now, 24 hours later, tarps cover the home's garage and an orange fence blocks off the mess.

"Everything has smoked damage. At this point we don't know what will be salvageable," he said.

Casey and his wife Kendall have four kids, including a newborn baby boy that Kendall delivered just two weeks ago.

"We weren't home so we are thankful for that. We have our kids so the rest can be replaced," Halone said.

The family is leaning on their church – Hayden Bible Fellowship – for support and they'll be staying with their pastor since they can't live at home. The wonderful thing is it's not just their church that's reaching out to help the Halone family.

"It was very humbling. As we were watching our house burn people were approaching us asking how they can help and it's been very encouraging seeing the community come out," Halone said.

The family might have lost a great deal but they don't care. They're just glad they have each other. They've learned that's all they really need.

As for the fire, the cause is under investigation but the Post Falls Fire Department believes its electrical in nature.