Morgantown family loses everything following weekend house fire

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MORGANTOWN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Flames still burned along small pieces of a home that was destroyed in a fire on Sunday.

The residents of the home, Charles and Mary McKinney, tell 13 News that the fire began around 11 a.m. in a shed that was located very close to the house, but quickly spread. Both the home and the shed a complete loss, but a persevering attitude keeps Charles and Mary hopeful.

"Now we've got nine years down the drain and we'll get by, we always get by," Charles said.

Six family members in total were in the home when they noticed flames. Everyone was able to exit the burning home unscathed. A scary situation, nonetheless.

"The heat, was tremendous," Charles said.

"It took 8 tanks to put it out," added his wife, Mary.

The fire's origin is unknown, but the McKinney's think it was just an unfortunate situation with a battery that had been charging for a few hours.

"My suspicion is that [the battery] shorted out or something happened," Charles said.

Since their home was destroyed, the McKinney's have been assisted by the Red Cross and have found a temporary place to stay, but they are in dire need of necessities. After all of this, it's a persevering attitude that puts them at peace in a heartbreaking situation.

"If you do see this and you do lose everything, you will see the goodness come out of people," Charles said. "A lot of good people will come help, guarantee it."

If you'd like to help the McKinney's, a GoFundMe page has been created. You can help them with a donation by clicking here.

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