Wylie family picking up the pieces after losing home in NYE fire


It's been a rough start to the new year for one Wylie family.ABILENE, Texas -

On New Year's Eve a fire destroyed their home. Six people were inside at the time.

With temperatures below freezing, the Novil family is especially thankful to have a roof over their heads. They're staying in someone's one bedroom apartment in a barn until they can get back on their feet.

“To have this warm place and not be in the ice cold and freezing is more than a blessing, and I just thank God and am very grateful,” said Dieudonne Novil, the mother of six boys whose home was destroyed.  

Sunday morning an incense burner started the fire. Their home was a total loss. Thankfully all six people inside made it out safely. 

“It was terrifying,” said Trevor Novil. “At first it wasn't that bad cause I didn't know it was that bad. I thought it was just a little small fire I could put out myself, but until the neighbors knocked on the door, and we were all outside the house and we seen it from the outside. That was just a scary site from there. It looked unreal.”

The Novils lost just about everything. People have been donating food and money online as they start to rebuild their lives. It's a cause that's reached north Texas, where one of the boys plays football. The University of North Texas head coach tweeted a message encouraging people to help out.

For the Novils it's not how they expected to start the new year, but they're thankful for all the support.

“I could not see a better place for me to raise my children and be in this community full of love, full of support, and I just want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart,” Dieudonne Novil said.

They said they still need clothes or gift cards, furniture, and if anyone has an old car, they need that, too.

If you have any of those items to donate, you can email KTXS at

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