Neighbors, Red Cross step in to help Durham family after Christmas Eve house fire

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – It was a devastating holiday for a Durham family after a fire ripped through its home on Christmas Eve.

On Wednesday, Lynette Mclean came back to see her home on Spring Creek Drive for the first time since the fire. 

She lost everything just before Christmas, including her family’s house, dogs and all the all the clothes she and her husband bought for their 6-week old daughter.  

“It’s devastation,” she said.   

On Monday, Mclean, her husband and three children left town for Christmas.  

Fire investigators tell CBS 17 the fire started on the back porch shortly before 5 p.m. Several neighbors called 911.  

“My children called me and said, ‘Mom, the house across the street is on fire,’ and I’m like, ‘What,’” recalled Jennifer Wrenn.

She introduced herself to Mclean Wednesday. 

“I didn’t even know that she even had a 6-week old baby,” Wrenn said.  

She wants to help. Wrenn went to the store to buy clothes and bottles for the family. 

“This is the time of giving,” she said. “This is the time of giving. They lost everything. That’s what we do.”  

Mclean is grateful for every little bit. 

“We don’t have anything, so whatever anybody can give,” she said.  

The American Red Cross is helping the family.  

CBS 17 reached out to Durham police to see if they are investigating the incident after the family said things were stolen from the home. Police have not yet responded. 

No one was injured. 

The fire is still under investigation. 

Click here for information on how to help the family.

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