Detroit family who lost everything in house fire hopes for help

- Mysterious circumstances surround an early morning house fire on Detroit's west side.

Thankfully everyone made it out safely including eight puppies rescued by fire crews inside the home.  The family has their lives and the clothes on their backs, but lost everything they owned in the blaze.

It was the sound of a boom that made Teresa Winsley jump out of bed at 3 a.m. Monday morning 

"I jumped up and I saw flames," she said. 

Winsley said she rushed to find her husband, then she heard another boom. She says a family of three living on the second level also escaped the burning home safely. 

And she says she's fortunate her 12-year-old daughter spent the night with her mother and was not home. But the couple says they still needed to make a rescue, with her husband rescuing their two adult dogs. As smoke and flames took over the house the couple says firefighters rescued their 8 puppies inside.

They are thankful that no one died, but the couple says they are still grieving at losing everything they owned. They are hoping the community can help them get back on their feet.

"Help on clothes, food, because we lost everything," she said.

Fire investigators say they are looking into the cause of the fire but Winsley says recently there have been a number of fire bombings in her neighborhood.

The couple says their dogs are staying with family and as they hope to find anything in this charred debris that they can save and hold onto, they also realize they might not find much

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"This is not much but it was all we had," said Mr. Winsley. "I was trying to do everything the right way and now everything ..."

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