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BATAVIA – A family of five escaped an early-morning fire but lost everything they owned.
Neighbors woke up Monday to the strong smell of smoke billowing out of a mobile home in the 100 block of Forestmeadow Drive.
Mike Held immediately knew something was wrong.
"I keep my window cracked for fresh air," Held said. "Smoke started coming out and I look out the window and their trailer is engulfed."
A grandmother, her adult son and three small children ages 3 to 7 got out quickly after the grandmother smelled smoke in her back bedroom.
The fire tore through one end of the trailer to the next, destroying everything inside within minutes.
"We just feel for her and her family," Held said. "I'm sure its devastating to lose everything they have. I can only imagine."
Held said the neighbors would do what they can to help.
"We are here to take of our own if we can, so we are going to keep up with Facebook and neighbors around here to see if we can help in anyway," Held said.
The Red Cross is assisting the family.
The cause remains under investigation.
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