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      Callaway Co. family loses everything in mobile home fire

      A Callaway County family is picking up the pieces after a fire destroyed their mobile home Thursday evening.

      The home, located near Millersburg off of Old Highway 40, belonged to Drucilla Nichols and her fiancee Doug Spencer.

      They were in the home cooking dinner when the fire started on the other side of the trailer around 6:00 p.m.

      "I understand how people can die in home fires, because within five seconds we [were] engulfed in smoke, ya know, it was hard for us to breathe," said Nichols. "It was just scary."

      Luckily, the couple and their dog were able to make it out safely. Fire crews were able to contain the blaze to two back rooms, but that's where the family was storing most of their belongings due to remodeling.

      The family lost almost everything due to fire and smoke damage but remains optimistic and grateful they made it out safely.

      "We kinda laugh about it now, but last night they were just going through lists of [what they lost] and we just kept on telling her, 'you're here, and that's the most important thing'," said Nina Smith, Drucilla's daughter. "It's just, she worked so hard for everything that she did have, that it's heartbreaking to see it all gone now."

      The Heart of Missouri Chapter of the American Red Cross is currently accepting financial donations on behalf of the family. Click here for more information on how to donate.