Community rallies support for Bristol family left homeless by fire

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BRISTOL, R.I. (WPRI) — Boxes of donated clothing and supplies piled up outside of a Bristol home Tuesday – after one family lost everything in a fire over the weekend.

The Burke family said they lived in their home on Lugent Lane for more than 20 years. Sunday night it was destroyed by fire.

According to the fire chief, the flames appeared to have started near the driveway. The exact cause of the fire has not yet been released.

On Monday, police said the Burkes will no longer be able to live in their house. Fortunately, all three members of the family were able to escape the flames unharmed.

As the Christmas holiday approaches, friends and neighbors have been collecting donations for the family.

One woman, who lives across the street from the Burkes, was seen with blankets and clothes. A page set up for the family has already raised more than $8,500.

Neighbors said they heard a commotion when the fire broke out.

“I was out just in my family room watching the football game and I heard popping,” said Paul Padula. “I looked out my front window and I could see the flames above the tree line behind us over here.”

The Burke family did not speak on camera, but they said Tuesday they are thankful for everyone’s help.

They said they are planning to rebuild a new house on the property.

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