Grateful family after losing home in fire in northwest Houston on Christmas Eve

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) – A family in northwest Houston is living a Christmas nightmare after a fire destroyed their home Thursday morning.

Instead of celebrating the holiday, the Cunningham family said they were digging through piles of debris.

“All but one bedroom burned down completely,” said Linda Cunnningham. “Water, rocks, it’s all mud.”

Cunningham said her elderly parents, in their 80s, live at the house on Lawn Wood Lane. They were sleeping, along with their great grandchild, when the fire started around 4:30 a.m

The family home has been in since the 1970s, and now everything from their clothes to valuables has been demolished.

During the fire, Cunningham said her mother, Edith, escaped through her bedroom window with the help of her niece. Cunningham’s father, Rick, is in the hospital with burns.

“He’s badly burned and is in his 80s so we hope he’ll make it through,” Cunningham said.

The Harris County Fire Sheriff’s Office is investigating and while they’re not sure of the cause, they say it’s a good reminder of fire safety during the holidays.

The Houston Fire Department has a list tips on their website, including making sure to check your smoke detectors and change the batteries once a year.

They advise you never to leave cooking food unattended. For Christmas trees, make sure the tree is at least 3 feet away from any heat. When it comes to candles, make sure you’re using a candle with a base large enough to hold the molten wax and that it’s safe from spills.

While Cunningham said her parents have lost everything, she said she hopes it’s an important lesson so others don’t take things for granted during the holiday and remember what really matters. .

“Everybody’s alive. That’s the biggest thing,” Cunningham said. “You can give someone a gift, but you can’t replace this gift. Don’t take it for granted. Embrace your loved ones.”

The family created a GoFundMe page for anyone who wants to contribute.

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Dais Johnston

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