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7:43 PM, Dec 7, 2011   |    comments
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By Talia Kaplan

Barnhart, MO (KSDK) - A Barnhart family escaped their burning home on Wednesday morning, but lost everything including their dog around 5:30 a.m. on Hanover.

Firefighters say the fire started in the basement and quickly spread.

The Tanner family woke up to the terrifying situation. Their home of ten years was engulfed in flames. The family of four survived but their house and everything in it is a total loss.

"I can't believe I don't have nothing. I don't have a roof, I don't have a floor, and my dog is down there somewhere," said Ryan Tanner, the homeowner.

"I am really sad that my dog died," said 6-year-old Drew Tanner, Ryan's son.

"I was very, very scared," said 8 year old Haley Tanner, Ryan's daughter.

Ryan had a kidney transplant two months ago. His wife donated her kidney to Ryan. The two are still recovering.

"It has been a rough recovery for both of us and I am actually going back in for surgery again so they could remove the other kidney because they couldn't do it at one time and for this to happen now it's just like, it's never a good time for your house to burn down but, right now is not really a good time for this to happen," said Ryan.

Luckily, the Tanner's have insurance. They were told it will take about eight months to rebuild their home. In the meantime, they are relying on the help of the community.

Antonia firefighters said the home did not have working smoke detectors and encourage everyone to get one and to make sure the batteries are working. The fire department realizes not everyone can afford one and offers them for free to those who need it. They will even install it if necessary.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation but firefighters said it appears to be accidental.

The Antonia Fire Department is accepting donations for the Tanner family. You can call the fire department at 636-948-4433 or drop off donations at the firehouse located at 6633 Moss Hollow Rd Barnhart, MO 63012-1179.


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