Coleman family trying to move forward after losing everything in fire


COLEMAN, Texas - {span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}A Coleman mother and her four kids are trying to move forward after losing all their possessions in a fire less than two weeks before Christmas.{/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}According to Coleman fire officials, flames destroyed a home on the 900 block of Commercial Avenue after a fire began at a wall outlet and quickly traveled to the attic. {/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}Lessa Ellis remembers when the moment when flames shot out the outlet as soon as she plugged in an old lamp.{/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}Ellis said she immediately grabbed her 6-month-old and 20-month-old children and ran out the house only to watch it all burn down.{/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}"The [American] Red Cross brought a teddy bear for Norah because she always sleeps with a stuffed animal at night, and all of hers are burned up," Ellis said in tears on Friday.{/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}Ellis moved into the house over the summer and had been working on it for the past five months. She said her kids were her family's sixth generation to live in it.{/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}"I was just working at making it into my home and hanging up pictures. I wish I hadn't hung up all the pictures now," Ellis said. "I wish they were still in a box somewhere so they might've made it."{/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}Ellis lived in the house with her four young child and they lost everything they had.{/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}Her 14-year-old and 7-year-old sons were in school at the time of the fire.{/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}But she's not feeling sorry for herself.{/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}"I really can't complain, I can just move forward," Ellis said.{/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}She bought Christmas gifts and refilled her refrigerator two days before the fire. Ellis said their dog is missing. She's brown and white wearing a blue collar.{/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}If anyone wants to drop off donations to the Ellis family, they can do so at the following locations in Coleman:{/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}212 West 9th Street{/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}912 Commercial Avenue{/span}{/span}