Family loses everything just days before Christmas in mobile hom - Tucson News Now

Family loses everything just days before Christmas in mobile home fire

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. - An early morning fire sent a woman to a hospital with severe burns and left her family with nothing just days before Christmas.

"You can kind of see where the TV stand was."

Frank Stratton's voice quivered when he pointed out the spot where his family Christmas tree stood less than 24 hours ago before a fire destroyed their home.

"It's been..10 years since I've gotten to spend Christmas with my mother," he said.

Stratton, who was looking forward to the holiday, is now instead focused on his mother's recovery.  The 62-year-old sustained second degree burns to 25 percent of her body.

The victim's boyfriend, Tyler Brown, was coming home around 11:40 p.m. when he saw flames shooting out of the front window.

"We had a fire extinguisher..right in the kitchen, so she handed it to me..I came around the front and tried to put it out..I told her to get out, but she had double backed for her purse and stuff," he said.

Brown helped his girlfriend to safety.  She was eventually airlifted to the Maricopa County Burn Center.

Stratton and Brown tell FOX 10 that they are living in a shed on the property until they find another place to stay.  Even though everything is gone, they both say the only thing that matters is that everyone survived.

The victim was last listed in serious condition.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but doesn't appear to be suspicious.

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