TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-A Hoyt family is rebuilding from a Fourth of July celebration that became unforgettable for the wrong reasons.
The family of 10 moved into this house 3 years ago and they never expected this to happen.
A phone call turned the Lake family's Fourth of July celebration into a day of despair.
"My daughter's friend, she's a neighbor here. She called her and gave me the phone and said my house was on fire," said Angela Lake, mother of 8.
An electrical problem sent their home up in flames. What was once a beautiful cabin style home is now a charred, empty shell. All that remains is ash and rubble.
"I cry all the time. I think I'm in a nightmare, telling someone to wake me up out of it. It was a beautiful home that we planned on staying in, you know, till I got old to retire in here with all the kids, but its gone," said Lake.
Angela's 8 children, ranging in age from 5 to 18 years, once called this house "home."
"This room right here was my little girls' room, by that was mine and my husbands room," Angela points to the rooms as she wipes back the tears.
Among the items destroyed was the oldest daughter Ashley's softball equipment.
"I'm in like in shock, this can't be happening. Probably a dream or something that didn't happen," said Ashley Lake who will be attending Fort Scott in the Fall on a softball scholarship.
Now, Ashely and her younger brothers and sisters are staying in a hotel. The little ones struggle to realize their cherished belongings are gone.
"I'm very very sad because I lost all my stuff and everything else," said 6-year-old, Stormy Lake.
Luckily, no one was inside the home at the time of the fire but the family did lose their cat, "Boots."
"I really miss our cat because he was like a friend to me," said Dillon Lake, 9-years-old.
The children are moving forward day by day. And Angela says she is looking forward to rebuilding the home she loved so dearly.
"Just trying to start from the ground up," says Angela Lake.
You can donate to the Lake family at any Denison State Bank.
There are branches in Hoyt, Meriden, Topeka and Holton.
You can also donate clothes to the Claderwood's Grocery in Hoyt.
Sarah- 5 years old-size 5 girl
Stormy-6 years old- size 6 girl
Dillon-9 years old- size 8 boy, size 6 shoes
Alex-11 years old-size 8 boy, size 3 shoes (men)
Britney-15 years old-size 1 women junior-size 7 women shoes
Jessica-17 years-size 3-5 junior-size 7 women shoes
Ashley-18 years old-size 3-5 women junior-size 8 women shoes
Parents-Size 10 women, XL for women shirts-size 6&1/2 women shoes
Jessie-XL Men, 38 waist