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Emerson, NE community members help victims of house fire


EMERSON, Nebraska (KTIV) - Marc remembers the fire that destroyed his home like it was yesterday.

"Well, I was sitting in the living room, my girls were in the bedroom, and I smelled smoke. I went to look up my bedroom stairs and there was smoke coming down the steps. I told them we had to get out," Marc Gunn said.

Marc and his wife Jolean, as well as their two daughters Trista and Jenna, have been living with Marc's brother ever since a fire destroyed their home and their belongings on April 19.

"Getting back into the routine would be nice," Jolean Gunn said.

The fire damaged rooms are being fixed, but everything inside was lost too.

That's where their hometown of Emerson, Nebraska comes in.

"I'm just glad to help. I'm glad to do this. That's a small community. We help those who are in need."

Lulene Sebade heard about the fire that destroyed the Gunn's home and leapt into action. She and another woman brought them quilts, and decided they wanted to do more.

"They've lost everything, and so they're really starting from scratch. And, like I say, we're just here to help," Sebade said.

Lulene decided to host a home shower for the Gunn's as a part of the Emerson Cub Scout breakfast, ensuring a good turnout of people that wanted to help.

Jolean Gunn says she couldn't be more grateful for all the different help they're getting.

"Even people that we don't know have given money and everything like that, and helped us out. Even hugs. We've had lots of hugs from everybody. It's family and friends."

Jolean says even just those hugs or words of support are everything right now, as their family continues to try to piece their life back together.

If you'd like to help the Gunn family, you can send monetary donations to the Iowa-Nebraska State Bank in Wakefield, NE at 402 Main St, Wakefield, NE 68784, or call (402) 287-2082.

For home good donations, contact Lulene Sebade at 402-695-2473.

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