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Cañon City family homeless after fire

The Smith family, Brad, Staci, Bradley, 9, and Michelle, 11, pose for a photo in front of their home that was completely destroyed in a fire Saturday night in the 2800 block of Melvina.

Cañon City family homeless after fire

Cañon City family homeless after fire

Cañon City family homeless after fire

Cañon City family homeless after fire

Just two weeks after Christmas, a Cañon City family is now homeless after a house fire Saturday night.

Brad and Staci Smith and their children, Thomas Gwardyak, 18, Mikayla Payne, 15, Michelle Smith 11, and Bradley Smith, 9, lost their home, all their belongings and their recently received holiday presents in the blaze they say was caused by an electric heater in the children's bedroom.

"I feel like I've got to get what I can, but there's nothing really to get," Staci Smith said about the contents remaining in the home Monday. "All of our stuff is gone; there is nothing left."

No one was at home when the fire took place just before 10 p.m.

"My daughter and I sleep super heavy, and I know we would have just died, I know it," she said. "The kids' room was completely in flames when we were driving back home, and we went around the corner and half the trailer was just (burning), I was completely in shock."

The home was uninsured.

Michelle, a sixth-grader at Harrison K-8 School, lost all her new Christmas gifts, including her board games Monopoly and Chess, her pots, pans and kitchen utensils she had planned to use to learn to bake and cook and her adult coloring books and gel pens. Bradley, a third-grader at Harrison K-8 School, lost his new gifts that include three new drones, two Nerf guns, superhero/villain action figures and his Xbox 360.


Michelle also lost a camera she had received just before Christmas.

"It had all my grandma's photos on it," she said. "She died a month ago, and I lost the thing I got from her funeral that was here on a shelf."

The family stayed two nights in a hotel at a reduced rate, but with the cost going back up, the family consolidated into one room.

"You can only have four people, so the little ones are with their grandma for now," Smith said. "I don't want us to be separated, it's not good for the kids."

She hopes she might be close to the top of the waiting list for Section 8 housing, and she is looking into affordable motels that charge weekly or monthly rates.

Until the family knows where they will be staying, they are unable to accept furniture and household items. They are, however, in need of clothing, coats, shoes, socks, underwear and school backpacks.

Clothing sizes include: men's extra large shirts, size 11 shoes and size 34X36 pants, socks and underwear; women's size extra large to 1X shirts, large stretchy pants, size 13 pants, size 9 shoes, socks and underwear; Thomas - size large men's shirts and sweat pants; Mikayla - medium shirts, small or size 5-7 pants, 9.5 size shoes and socks and underwear; Michelle - large ladies stretch pants and shirts, size 9 shoes, size 7 underwear, women's socks and an extra large winter coat; and Bradley - size 10/12 or medium kids size pants and shirts, size 5 kids shoes, underwear size 8-12 and socks.

Donations of clothing or Christmas replacement items may be dropped off at the Daily Record office at 1202 Royal Gorge Blvd. or call Linda Vorhies at (719) 423-9732 to have clothing picked up.

A Go Fund Me account has been set up at , and a bank account will be set up Tuesday for those who wish to contribute financially.

Carie Canterbury: 719-276-7643, canterburyc@canoncitydailyrecord.com


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