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Fire completely destroys home near Alexandria

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The fire broke out Tuesday night.

"I had a neighbor drive by about 30 minutes before I got the phone call. He lives down the way and he didn't see anything. And when you're our in the country you always look at people's property to make sure nothing is going on. So whatever happened, happened pretty fast. Because by the time I got here there was real big flames." Said homeowner Doug Nelson.

And lasted into Wednesday afternoon.

"My family is doing good. It was a long night. But kids are doing good. I got family down the road and there kids they're playing and distracted." He said.

Nelson's family home is a total loss, but everyone is safe and his attitude is strong.

"You just take it day by day. You know my family is safe and most of this stuff can be replaced. It's just stuff. It's not the end of the world. There's bad things that happens to people everyday they are a lot worse than this." He continued.

And their safety, is all that really matters.

"You lose your home, it's a building, but it's you're home. We raised our kids here. We've been here 20 years. So it's a big part of our life. When it's all said and done, my family is safe. You know, the family heirlooms that were lost, it's regrettable because you can't replace those, but the rest of it is, it's just a building. It's not the of the world by any means." Nelson added.

They still don't know what caused the fire, but the family plans to rebuild.

"We've spent 20 years living out here and planning to raise a family out here. And we'll finish raising them out here. Just in a different building." Said Nelson.

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