Neighbors come to family’s rescue after fire destroys Noblesville home

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NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (Oct. 25, 2015) -- A Hamilton County family is starting over after their home was destroyed in a fire this weekend.

Sarah Freeman, of Noblesville, said she heard a popping noise in her garage Saturday around 5:30 p.m. and opened the door to see flames. She grabbed her 16-month old daughter, Layla, and woke her mother up  who was visiting.

She then called 9-1-1 and her husband, Donny Freeman, who was at work.

“I was driving home and every bad thought possible was in my mind," Donny Freeman said.

No one was hurt in the blaze, but the home and all the Freeman's possessions were destroyed.

“Baby pictures. Wedding pictures. Everything else can be replaced though," Sarah Freeman said. "It's just stuff though. We are all safe. That’s what matters.”

Neighbors who saw the fire immediately came to the home and started to help the family.

"I was holding Layla when I got here and a lady came up and put a pair of pants on her," Donny Freeman said.

Another neighbor and good friend of the Freemans, Ashlee Silva, shared the family's story on a neighborhood Facebook page and donations started coming.

"It was crazy. I mean my phone is still blowing up," Silva said. "These are total strangers. It's not like we know a bunch of people in the neighborhood."

"The community really pulled together last night and before we left the neighborhood we had a truck full of stuff," Freeman said.

The family got clothes, diapers, baby toys, and a bassinet for the baby the Freeman's are expecting soon.

"On a Saturday night you don’t expect people to throw that stuff together," Silva said. "I mean they all had clean PJ’s to sleep in and clothes to change into today."

Fire investigators said the fire started in the garage, but have not been able to determine the cause of the fire. The family did have renters insurance.

The family has started a GoFundMe page to help them get back on their feet.

 

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