Sweetwater family of 9 needs help after fire that destroyed their home

A GoFundMe page has been set up for a Sweetwater family of nine who lost their home in a fire early on Wednesday morning.

On Thursday, the family spoke with KTXS about the night that their home went up in flames and how they all managed to make it out of the house alive.

Ryan Wehnes, his eight family members and their dog were all at home at the time of the fire.

Wehnes said that he woke up in the middle of the night because he heard his son wake up.

"I turned on the flashlight because the lights wouldn't turn on. Once I turned the flashlight on, I just see smoke coming out the top of the door," Wehnes said.

Wehnes and the rest of his family then escaped from the house, but when he did not know where one of his family members was, he rushed back into the house.

“Someone said, 'Where's Veya?,' their cousin, so I had to go back in and look for her, but [at] that time, she had already gone out the back window," said Wehnes.

Wehnes believes that the fire started in the kitchen.

Wehnes and his family are staying at a motel and are now doing everything that they can to get back on their feet.

“I'm not sure how to feel, honestly. It's just unexpected. Never thought this would happen to me," Wehnes said.

The Sweetwater Fire Department responded to the fire just after 3 a.m. and was eventually able to put the blaze out.

Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden told KTXS that the fire appears to be electrical and that the home is a total loss.

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