Phillip and Kayla Betrand, and their 3 children will spend the holidays away from their home this year. Tuesday, Phillip noticed smoke coming from the roof of their home. He rushed in to tell his oldest son, Shea, their home was on fire.
"He is a hero in my eyes. He didn't ask questions, just ran up and grabbed his sister, while I was grabbing my other son."
The family watched their home of 18 years burn down. As of Wednesday, the are staying with family as they begin to cope with the tragedy.
"My youngest son keep saying ‘the house is gone.' It's tough to hear him say that," Phillip said.
Their two youngest children, Miia and Gage, have learning disabilities and suffer from a heavy metal toxicity. Their oldest son's birthday is Thursday. The sad circumstances become even more difficult, when News Ten learned of a previous tragedy. Three years ago on Christmas eve, their home was hit by a tornado. Phillip said his children are un-easy on holidays, because they do not know what to expect.
Kayla Bertrand spent two years re-modeling the home and finished last week. She said her family was able to spend just one weekend in the home before the fire took it from them. She said she never knew how devastating something could be.
The family agreed they are happy to be alive and together, and will try to move forward and give their children a reason to smile this holiday season.
"If we can give the kids a happy holiday," Phillip began, "we will have a happy holiday."
They said it will be a painful process to re-build, but they are willing to do what it takes to restore a normal life for themselves and their children.