Two women receive community support following house fire

Published: Jan. 3, 2016 at 11:46 PM MST|Updated: Feb. 29, 2016 at 2:22 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Two women are without a home and their belongings following a fire in Marana early New Year's Day.  Rita Breedlove, one of the residents of the house, said she woke up around 4:30 a.m. on New Year's Day and sensed something was wrong. 

"When I opened my eyes there was a light in the living area, which isn't normally there," Breedlove said. 

That light turned out to be a fire. Breedlove quickly grabbed a hose and made sure her friend and mom, Marjorie Smith, made it out safely. Three dogs
died in the fire. 

Nearly two dozen firefighters from North West  Fire Department worked to put it out,  the damage was already done. The home Smith lived in since 1968
is now a total loss. 

"We have to wait until the fire department does their thing and the insurance company does their thing before we can even go in there and look to see
if there is anything we can salvage," Smith said. 

But thanks to the community, Breedlove and Smith have been able to get through the past couple of days. 

"Mostly church family and the Red Cross. Church family has brought all kinds of clothes and stuff," Breedlove said. 
Neighbors and Goodwill are also helping the two women. 

North West Fire could not determine the cause of the fire due to the extent of the damage.  Breedlove and Smith said they will likely tear down the rest of their house.

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