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“It’s heartbreaking,” Oklahoma family loses home to early morning fire

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SPENCER, Okla. - A family is left without a place to sleep after their home burst into flames early Thursday morning in Spencer.

Investigators are still trying to figure out the cause of the fire, but crews believe the fire started in the center of the home.

Luckily, no one was home at the time. However, the house is a total loss.

The fire raged just after 5 a.m. on Thursday in Spencer.

One of the residents watched in disbelief as the flames eventually turned to smoke, lingering as the sun came up.

"It's heartbreaking, let me tell you. It's just sad," said Cojuan Craer.

Craer said the home belongs to her brother, Everett, and his wife.

However, they weren't home when the blaze started.

Instead, Everett was in the hospital recovering from surgery.

She said she's taken back by the damage.

"Prayers are the most important thing. Things are going to happen and the only thing you can do is persevere and just keep pushing forward," said Craer.

It took a number of fire crews from Spencer, Nicoma Park and Midwest City to battle the blaze.

Firefighters even evacuated neighboring homes as the fire grew.

"Especially the ones to the north because he had smoke coming through his home, but there was no danger. They did a very good job of protecting them," said Chief Dale Griffith, with the Spencer Fire Department.

"Man, I just feel bad for them," said Jerry Turner.

ForTurner, he's just relieved to find out his neighbors are okay.

"I'm just glad that there was nobody in the home and I just pray that, I'm pretty sure they'll make it through it," said Turner.

The couple will receive much-needed support from neighbors and family as they are forced to start over.

"We'll definitely do what we can," said Craer.

The house is a total loss, but the family does have home insurance.

The Red Cross is in contact with the family.

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