Chuluota family in need after devastating fire

A family from Chuluota is dealing with a hard reality after a fire ripped through their rental home Sunday evening.

In the pouring rain on Monday, Emily Bevins and her fiancé, Rob, picked through what's left of their home, surveying the damage from the fast-moving fire that devoured the house in minutes.

"It's really hard knowing everything you worked so hard for is gone," Bevins said. "It's all gone."

They just moved into the rental home three months ago. A week later, their baby girl was born. In all the chaos, the family hadn't gotten renter's insurance yet.

"I've never had to start over from scratch," Bevins said. "It's kind of like a blank feeling. It's surreal."

While Emily and Rob are getting used to the shock of losing so much, word of the fire is spreading through the Chuluota-Oviedo community.

The VFW Post around the block is stepping in to help.

"We're collecting baby items, baby clothes, full-size furniture, bedroom sets, living room sets – anything like that that anyone wants to donate for this family," Post Commander Adam Zavardino said.

If you'd like to help, donations can be dropped off at the East Seminole County VFW in Chuluota between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. through Friday.

People can make monetary donations to the family at Bank of America. The account number is 898-071-713-334.


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