Community rallies behind Madison family who lost everything in house fire

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MADISON, Ala. - A house fire in Madison has left a beloved family without a home, and most of their possessions.

The fire destroyed the home on Wednesday. Tim heard "cracking and popping" coming from the garage. When he went to check it out, he says "it was fully engulfed."

That's when he ran outside and met his wife Denise in the driveway. They called 911 immediately, but by the time firefighters arrived, the house was ruined.

"29 years of marriage, memories of our children, both of the boys had pictures they had drawn in high school. Everything they worked hard for, just gone," said Tim and Denise Edwards.

Even with this total devastation, they are feeling humbled and even blessed not to be in this all alone. "This is the best town in a time of need to live in because they came at full force to support us!" said Tim.

The Edwards' also had a dog inside of the home. The lab suffered severe burns and one neighbor took initiative to take care of him."

"Without a question, she just told me, 'I'm going to take your dog to the animal hospital. Don't worry about your dog. Take care of your wife and kids,'" said Tim.

Mandy Starnes said she felt like it was one thing she could offer. "People in need, need everything and they don't want to ask you. They don't want to ask you because it's hard to ask somebody for help," said Starnes.

Tim Edwards has driven a school bus for the Madison City school system for over ten years, and some of those kids are even reaching out to help.

"They held a lemonade stand fundraiser!" said Tim. "They raised 50 dollars! That's amazing!"

The Edwards family is planning on rebuilding a new house right where the other one stood on Hilltop Ridge Drive in Madison.

A GoFundMe fundraiser has been posted, and you can donate here. The description says "while insurance will replace some items, both cars lost in the fire only carried liability insurance."

Over $15,000 have been raised by 166 in only 4 days.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but is believed to have started within the garage.

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