Community rallies behind family who lost home to fire

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An Ursa, Illinois, family is grateful after escaping an early morning house fire just after 5:30 this morning.

Stacy Randall and her children, 9-year-old Bradyn Cobb and 2-year-old Lyla Cobb and their father all made it out safe, but their house and all their belongings are gone due to the fire.

Stacy’s mother Bobbette Niekamp said it was a scary moment when she got the phone call from her daughter about what happened.

“She called me exactly at 5:37 a.m. crying and said mom my house is on fire and I was running through the house frantic,” Niekamp said.

Randall says they were woken up by a smoke alarm. The Ursa Fire Chief called the home a total loss.

Bradyn attends Unity Elementary School, where they are accepting donations.

“Once we heard about the fire we all got together as a staff and we decided we wanted to jump in and help the family out anyway they can anyway we could,” Principal Jerry Ellerman, of Unity Elementary said.

Niekamp says she is grateful for the support for her family.

“People are very, very nice when it comes to stuff like this and the school was just phenomenal,”  Niekamp said.

Today is also Bradyn’s birthday. The family says they never expected this to happen on his special day.

“We assured know everybody’s glad that him, mommy, daddy and sissy got out. Everything else can be replaced,” Niekamp said.

The Ursa Fire Department says they believe the fire cause was electrical. Randall and her family will be staying with her mother until they find a new place to live.

Ellerman tells WGEM the community has dropped off clothing items, household items and gift cards to support the family.

Ursa family loses home to fire

Zachary Voss

Zachary Voss

Zachary Voss is the Assignment Editor at WGEM.

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