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Family loses everything in Christmas Eve house fire

The Yates' home on Thixton Lane suffered extensive damage from the fire. (Source: Miles Jackson, WAVE 3 News) The Yates' home on Thixton Lane suffered extensive damage from the fire. (Source: Miles Jackson, WAVE 3 News)
Chief Mike Schmidt (Source: Miles Jackson, WAVE 3 News) Chief Mike Schmidt (Source: Miles Jackson, WAVE 3 News)
Christmas presents damaged in the fire sit in the yard of the home. (Source: Miles Jackson, WAVE 3 News) Christmas presents damaged in the fire sit in the yard of the home. (Source: Miles Jackson, WAVE 3 News)
The Yates had lived in the home for 20 years. (Source: Miles Jackson, WAVE 3 News) The Yates had lived in the home for 20 years. (Source: Miles Jackson, WAVE 3 News)
Donna Tarrant (Source: Miles Jackson, WAVE 3 News) Donna Tarrant (Source: Miles Jackson, WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A house fire in Fern Creek that started Wednesday night burned for 10 hours into Christmas Eve morning. The Yates family lost everything including their two dogs, a Shih Tzu named Lacy and a German Shepherd named Major.

For Jim and Mary Ellen Yates, the home on Thixton Lane was always their dream. Jim had grown up on the property and had dreamed of building a log house. They lived in the home for 20 years. The Yates were out to dinner and had only been gone an hour and a half before the fire started.

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Fern Creek Fire Chief Mike Schmidt said the call came in around 8 pm as a possible lighting strike but they are still investigating the cause of the fire.

It was a challenging fire, Schmidt said, for 50 firefighters and several fire departments who worked through the night to put it out. The floor collapsed and made it difficult for firefighters to enter the home. Several hot spots continued burning through the early morning.

Arson investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire but the home is a total loss.

Mary Ellen, an employee of Norton Healthcare, said her boss has offered assistance as well as many friends and neighbors.

While the loss of their pets is painful, the Yates said they are thankful they are safe. Donna Tarrant, Mary Ellen's sister, lives at the home as well and was not home at the time of the fire. 

Despite not having a home on Christmas, they are thankful they are safe and together.

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