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Union family of five trying to get back on their feet after a fire rips through their home

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Photo of the home after the fire (FOX Carolina/ Aug. 22, 2017) Photo of the home after the fire (FOX Carolina/ Aug. 22, 2017)
UNION, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Union woman said she has launched a GoFundMe and is collecting donations after she said a fire destroyed much of her daughter’s home early Tuesday morning.

The fire occurred at a mobile home on Hamm Street.

Monarch Fire Chief John Flood said the fire broke out in the home’s kitchen while the family was not home.

Flood said the family was remodeling the home and the fire was likely electrical in origin.

Jenny Cimbollek said she has launched a GoFundMe hoping to raise $5,000 to get her daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Aaron Adamchik, and their three daughters back on their feet.

Their family fought back tears as their home was destroyed, and all of their belongings turned to ash.

The young parents said the hardest part is not knowing how to explain it to their daughters. At just three-years-old, they said the oldest saw the house go up in flames.

"She asked if the old house burned up and if her toys burned up,” the couple said. “She keeps saying she wants to go home, but you don't know what to tell her. We can't go home."

The couple also has a two-year-old and an infant who is now just a month old.

Jennifer leaned over to comfort her husband as the tears started to flow.

Aaron said as the man of the house, he worked hard to provide for his family. All of it was gone, in just a matter of minutes.

"I never had a lot of money growing up and nothing like that,” he said. “ But we were getting comfortable, we were young and starting out, then something like this happens and you’ve got to start from the bottom and start all over again."

The parents said it warms their heart seeing total strangers pitch in, as clothes and shoes flood in from all over the Upstate.

"With everything going on in the world, it makes you think there aren't any good people left,” Adamchik said. “But then something like this happens and people you've never met in your life are willing to take time out of their day."

They said it's a great lesson for their kids to see, and as the family pushes forward and tries to forget, they said it's their daughters that will get them through.

"With everything they've been through in the last few days, they are so full of life so you can't help but smile when you look at them," Jennifer said.

The grandmother is collecting women’s XL shirts, women’s pants sizes 16 to 18, women’s shoes size 8 to 9, men’s large shirts, men’s 34x30 pants, and men’s 10.5 shoes. The children need girls clothes in 3T, 4T, and XS. Shoes are 7C and 8C. Clothes for 0-3 months and size 1 diapers are also needed.

 4-5 undergarments 6 and 8C shoes. Middle girl wears 3T-4T shoes 6C-7C and size 5 diapers. The baby wears 0-3 months and size 1 diapers

Cimbollek said anyone who wants to donate can text her at 864-441-2837.

Click here to view the GoFundMe page.

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