Two David City, Nebraska families were left burned out of their homes for Christmas by fire.
The mobile homes were destroyed Tuesday afternoon.
Tom Beck said spending Christmas in a hotel wasn't exactly part of his family's holiday plans. His son returned home to find the residence burning. "He came in the house and he said the garage is on fire. I saw what looked like a compressor on fire, so I pulled the plug, but the flames were shooting pretty high."
Beck was able to get his wife, who suffers from throat cancer, out of the home just as firefighters arrived. "The garage is totally gone and then part of our house on the back half is totally gone, but the neighbor’s house was taken out completely."
Elizabeth Novachek lives next door to the Beck family and was in South Dakota when she got the news. "Found out last night it was a total loss, now we're just scraping up the pieces and start all over. It's never a good time to have something like this happen to anybody, but especially around the holidays, it's just one of those things you never think is going to happen to you."
That's especially true for Novachek, a longtime volunteer firefighter. "I've been on the helping end of it, never on the end of the fire, I've always been on the opposite end of the fire hose.”
Both families say while it's hard to find the silver lining, they're just happy to be alive. "I'm thankful nobody was hurt, nobody was killed,” said Novachek. “I have my daughter and son, the neighbors all have each other.”