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LOVE COUNTY, Okla. – An Oklahoma deputy and his family are picking up the pieces after a fire destroyed their home.
The fire broke out around 2 p.m. Thursday.
“Anna was home and smelled smoke,” said Jeff Mullinax. “The next thing we know, it was up in flames.”
Jeff was at work when his wife called with the news.
“My wife called me and said, ‘We’ve got a fire at the house!’ so, I immediately left and came this direction,” he said.
Fire officials declared the house as a total loss, but the family is staying positive, and has even found some sentimental items in the ashes.
“He was there this morning digging through and he actually found it this morning,” Jeff told KXII. “We thought it was lost and he found his Eagle ring.”
Jeff’s first deputy badge from the 1980s was also found.
“The disaster itself is overwhelming,” Anna Mullinax said. “The outpouring from the community is wonderful. It’s overwhelming, really.”
Friends of the Mullinax family say a bank account has been set up for donations in Marietta and the non-profit agency, Causalities of War, is also helping with finances for the family.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.