A Bellevue family is still reeling from a fire that destroyed their home earlier this month. They lost nearly everything. The family of four is trying to piece their lives back together.
Stephanie Simon’s dream turned to a nightmare on the morning of November 3 and she tells us, “You just think this can't possibly be happening.”
Her home was on fire and she recalls, “We had to climb the fence to get out because it was really hot in the front.”
Her eldest son thought he doused coals from an earlier pit fire but the smoldering embers ignited, burned down the garage and spread to the home through the ceiling.
“We didn't know the fire was actually burning above us,” she said.
Damage inside the home revealed how lucky Stephanie was to get everyone out safely but, “All of my kids’ stuff was completely destroyed,” she said. “Most of our family memories were on the side of the house that was destroyed. My car, a brand new car, was completely burned up.”
That left Stephanie the task of putting her family’s lives back together.
“I have to try to put clothes on my kids’ backs and figure out how we're going to eat and just try to get back on our feet. And all the stuff that we had, you can't just go out and replace. So it's very overwhelming.”
The family is staying in a hotel for now.
“I don't have any place that's mine. And so, I can't stay in the hotel forever and it's not a place I can call home. It’s tough. But we're all safe we're all alive and coping with it.”