Vassar family loses everything in house fire

As most people are preparing to ring in a new year, a Vassar family with two young children is dealing with the loss of their home. (Photo Credit: Jasmyn Durham)

VASSAR, Mich. --As most people are preparing to ring in a new year, a Vassar family with two young children is dealing with the loss of their home.

The home was destroyed Thursday afternoon in a fire.

Matthew Cummings says like most other families, they recently celebrated the holiday and were just starting to remodel their home as they prepared for the new year.

But Thursday afternoon's fire took a turn for the worse and left him, his two sons and his fiance with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

"It's devastating", says Matthew Cummings.

Cummings was at home with his two young boys when the fire started.

"By the time I realized what was going on, the whole downstairs was already full of smoke and I ran back upstairs to grab both the boys and took them out to the truck."

But he says he's not exactly sure how it happened.

"At the moment we're not 100 percent sure, I believe it was trying to unthaw the pipes"

Cummings says he and the boys got out safely, but their dog was still inside.

"I ran back in for the dog and I couldn't even make it to the stairs, which is like ten steps away from the back door."

But firefighters were able to save her.

"She was up there for three hours before the firefighters actually broke through this top window upstairs and they found her still alive she crawled to the window."

The family is staying at a hotel right now and the dog is being cared for by a local vet, but not much could be recovered from inside their home.

"Everything we had at this point in time was upstairs and that's where everything got the worst of it," said Cummings.

And he says his boys don't quite understand what's going on.

"My oldest is three and my youngest is a year and a half. Its been hard on them, they keep asking to come home, they want to play with their toys."

Despite the circumstances, Cummings says the community has been pouring out support, so he's trying to keep positive.

"I'm trying to see the better picture here, I guess when one door closes another door opens."

The family has a GoFundMe page set up here.

You can also contact Crystal Le Fay 989-325-8478 or contact her on Facebook.

Donations are also being accepted at Treadz Tire and Wheel at 211 S. Sherman Street

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