Warren County family staying positive after losing home in fire

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WARREN COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) -- A Warren County family is trying to stay positive after the fire Sunday night that turned their home into a near total loss.

"We're just thankful that we're fine," says Jessa Peay, speaking for her and her husband, Brandon. "Everything can be replaced, it's just going to take a long time to replace everything."

Jessa and Brandon Peay are no strangers to fires.

"[Brandon]'s been on the Fire Department for eight years. My dad was on the Fire Department for 20 years. We've seen dozens and dozens of structure fires, but you never expect it to happen to you," says Jessa.

Brandon volunteers at the Gott Fire Department.

"You train and train and train for things you could encounter, never thinking that you're going to encounter your own fire," he says.

The Peay's became a family just over a year ago, welcoming their daughter Katelee, and they're expecting a baby boy in just a few short months.

"We had bought a bunch of stuff for him," explains Jessa, "and we lost all that, so now it's pretty much starting over, buying everything for two babies and not just one."

Brandon says his day job often takes him away from his family.

"It's hard knowing that this could have happened when I was in Michigan, or somewhere farther," he says. "I just know that I'm glad I was home. That way we can make sure everything was safe, and my wife, daughter and son are all going to be fine."

"Even though the house is gone, the family is what makes home, home," he goes on.

The Peay's want to thank every last person from around the community that has reached out to them, and shown incredible support throughout the week.

The Peay has been put up in hotel for the time being. They're not sure they will be able to salvage most parts of their home.

Citizens First Bank has offered to set up a fund for anyone to donate to their cause. You can walk into any Citizens First Bank and ask to donate to the Peay Family by naming either Brandon or Jessa. Smart Start Childcare locations are also taking donations for the family.

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