Hartselle family surrounded by community support after destructive house fire

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MORGAN COUNTY, Ala.-- Smoke and flames filled the dark sky in Morgan County, while the family that lived inside lost practically everything. Friends and family are now surrounding that family with support, and the American Red Cross is helping with disaster relief.

Shannon Collier is a neighbor and co-worker of Betty Burnett. She said as soon as she heard, she came to make sure the family was okay.

"She called this morning, it was probably just a little after two, and told me that the house was on fire, and I just hopped in the car and came on, it was burning pretty good when I got here," said Collier.

The blaze left the house in ruins. Collier said the Burnett's are holding up as best they can with the circumstances.

"They're dealing okay right now they're holding up pretty good, but you know this is the first few hours of it, it only happened at two this morning, so it's gonna be awhile before it really sinks in," she said.

Betty Burnett said they have already received an outpouring of love and support from the community. She is thankful for neighbors like Collier.

"There was a lot of neighbors around that was here, and like I said her work family has been here, I've been getting texts and emails all morning of what can we do, you know where do we need to start," said Collier.

Collier said nothing like this had ever hit so close to home. It's been an eye opener for her.

"I mean, making sure everything's working properly, like the smoke detectors, and stuff that kind of makes you realize, especially when you've got kids at home," she said.

None of the family were hurt, but their dog was in the house at the time and is missing. They hope he ran off and will make his way back home. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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