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A family of seven in Silvis, IL without a home after most of their memories and treasured items went up in smoke this week. Then, the little they could have salvaged from the home, stolen from the ashes and police haven't caught the burglars.

The home is a total loss and the family is looking for somewhere new to live that's handicapped accessible for their daughter with cerebral palsy.

But the family said despite the two tragedies, back to back, their spirit's still not broken.

"I heard the smoke detectors going off, so I ran to the house and yelled for him to get out of the house," said Tammie Holland, mother of the family who lost everything in that house fire.

She said only her son was in the home when the fire broke out.

"There is what's left of my bedroom," said her son Justin Holland, looking at the rubble. "I came in and out of that window four times."

Justin said he escaped the flames through the basement window in his bedroom.

"Everything's gone," said Justin. "Except for the little bit that we will be able to save and the little bit that I got to save. Everything's gone."

But the family is staying united and hopeful.

"I don't know if I'm becoming numb to it or what, but I just have to laugh or I'll probably cry and I don't want to do that," said Tammie.

The Holland's are a family, friends say are always there for others. Now support from the community is pouring in.

"For me I'm not helping out my friends, I'm just helping out more family members," said David Gillmore, who started a Facebook page and fundraiser for the Holland family.

People are bringing them money, food and water...

"It's not always about recognition," said Tony Holland brother of Justin. "It's not always about people seeing what you do to help. Now people are saying they've been there for us, now we're going to be there for them, too."

And the strength of the Holland family shines through the rubble.

"We're at terms with that and we're ready to move on and just start over," said Justin.

Justin said their family's motto is helping them get through it all: "If you can't laugh about something then get over it."

They're all just glad everyone got out OK.

"It's wonderful, I have my kids," said Tammie. "We're good."

The Facebook page created to help the family is called "Holland Family Recovery." In less than four days, it already has more than 500 followers.

 

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