"What am i going to do? All my stuff is gone," Noble Duncan said of what he first thought when he realized his house was a total loss. "What do I do with my kids? All their stuff is gone too."
The past 24 hours have been a blur for Noble Duncan and his family. On Tuesday evening, a kerosene heater sparked a nearby couch, then he watched as the family home and everything in it was destroyed.
"Not really sure what happened," he said. "I was out here doing the driveway, then when I went in, the couch was on fire and before I knew it the whole thing went up."
His pregnant wife and four children were not home at the time, Duncan said he was only able to save a couple family pets and a computer.
"We try to determine their needs. Do they need housing, do they need food?" Jim Ducey of the American Red Cross said.
Ducey, of the South Central Michigan Chapter of the Red Cross, was on-scene in Springport Township Tuesday. He said unfortunately this is a familiar story; there have been four house fires in December alone.
"It's been very busy," he said. "When you see weather conditions that take a quick change, you'll notice activity gets higher and higher, people try to use alternative heating sources."
When you calculate housing, clothing, food assistance, each case can cost up to $1,500. Ducey said their chapter has not received any federal grants this year, so it all has put a squeeze on the organization.
"It's wide-ranging to think of the things that are important to you," Ducey said.
Duncan can't thank the Red Cross enough for what they've done, the community's support too.
"We'll be alright," Duncan said. "We'll move on."
Every little bit helps in getting a family get back on their feet.
The Duncan family was reluctant to even ask for help when News Ten was there Wednesday, but if anyone would like to donate blankets, winter coats or hats for the kids, contact:
The South Central Michigan Chapter of the Red Cross at: 517-782-9486. Ask for Sarah.