WARREN, Mich. (WJBK) - A family lost their home and everything in it to a terrible fire Wednesday morning.
The home on Menge Avenue in Warren was the scene of a huge fire 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning. SkyFOX flew over the flames but everyone made it out safely.
"I'm trying to wrap my head around what I'm looking at right now is very hard," said Brittany Foster staring at her burned out home.
Brittany and her husband Glenn had been renting this home for the past few years. She was on her way to work when she got the call to come back, right away.
"I love my husband," Brittany said. "We'll get through it. We will. It's difficult, but we will."
Glenn Foster woke up to the fire in the couple's bedroom right above the garage. He got his four children, ages 2 through 14, and even the family pets out quickly.
"I woke up to smelling rubber burning," Glenn said. "We came outside and the garage was on fire. I went back in and got everybody out and by the time I got out, the garage was completely engulfed."
The tenants believe the fire may have started in the garage. They did not have renters insurance, so therefore, they're starting over from scratch. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
"(We're) definitely just trying to figure out what that first step is," Brittany said. "Where do we go from here. We've been here for almost four years. It’s a lot to leave behind."
They can only hope salvage whatever they can beyond their three patio chairs.
"This is pretty much it," she said. "My husband's work van (is gone), all of his tools. He had his own business at one point doing home remodeling and construction. Machines and everything are just done."
Even when the couple and their children get back on their feet, they will still have the memories of what was lost.
"Pictures, family heirlooms," she said. "My grandfather passed away and a lot of his stuff we had in the garage, and as you can see the garage is completely gone."
The family will be staying with relatives in the meantime, and they're open to anyone who may be able to help them as they work to rebuild.
The family's GoFundMe link is: https://www.gofundme.com/2k7gt84
Glenn lost all of the tools he uses to make a living including woodworking tools and saws while the family is collecting donation for the children. Friends and relatives have set up four separate drops off locations for anyone who is wanting to donate clothes or items.
The family's needs are for:
2-year-old girl: clothes 18/24 month, Shoes size 5/6
9-year-old girl: clothes 8/10, Shoes size 4
11-year-old boy: clothes Large Shirt/ size 14, Shoe size 6
Brittany: leggings with tops, size L, Shoe size 8.5/9, 36D undergarments
14-year-old boy and Glenn: Large shirts/ pants 34/32, Shoe Size 12
Drop off sites are:
Donna & Paul Foster
Ferndale MI, 48220
*Please contact 248-259-7149 for drop off after 5pm
1821 Oakland Drive
Madison Heights, MI 48071
Ferndale, MI 48220
-please call when dropping off 248-404-5496
Coly is home most of the day.
Meghan Leddy & Jennifer Burney
Clawson, MI 48017
-leave donations on front porch