Family of ten lost their home, still have each other



Posted on January 13, 2010 at 6:57 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 13 at 7:08 PM

COLBERT-- A family of ten lost their home this week near Colbert when two fires consumed their house within 24 hours of each other.

Just two days later, the family is picking up the pieces and looking ahead to the future.  

The North Spokane County family says they have overcome the initial shock, now they are working to put their lives back together.

KREM 2 News was there as the family walked through the debris making a sad discovery along the way.

A fire inspector went through the house trying to find the cause of the fire. At the same time, the family went through trying to salvage what they could.

The family has four girls and adopted four boys from the once war-ravaged west African country of Liberia.

The kids say despite their house burning down, they rather have that than be back in their home country. 

Sunday afternoon, the fire started at the Stewart’s home while they were away at church.

Firefighters saved half the house, only to lose the remainder when flames reignited early Monday morning.

No one was there at the time.

The family says their first thought was their cat.

On Wednesday, two of the kids found the cat inside.

The family gathered for a somber burial.

Also on Wednesday the children went through their belongings for the first time.

Most of what they found has to be left behind.

They say they have gotten out what they needed and the rest can be replaced.

The Stewarts plan to rebuild.

In the meantime, they feel lucky to have a home available to rent across the field from theirs.

They say they’ve lost almost everything, but they have each other and a loving community.

To help the Stewarts, an account has been set up at Chase Bank under Chad and Kayla Stewart Fire Fund.