A mother and her two small children escaped their burning home Wednesday morning in the Cottontown area of Sumner County.
The blaze broke out around 6:45 a.m. at the family's home located in the 2200 block of Highway 25 near Franklin Road, northwest of Gallatin.
The mother, Tiffany Anders, awoke to the smell of smoke and ran to the bedroom where her two youngest children, ages 19 months and four years old, were sleeping.
Anders' mother, Audrey Jones, told Nashville's News 2 her four-year-old granddaughter was in a trance-like state, staring at the flames, and stated, "Look, mom, a fire."
The mother grabbed the children and ran out of the house.
While no one was seriously injured, they escaped with only the clothes on their backs.
"They did get out and they're safe," said Joshua Anders, Tiffany's husband. "They have [only the] clothes on their back, no diapers for the baby. They lost everything."
Flames were visible through the roof when the first units responded, and the home is a total loss.
Joshua Anders and his 10-year-old daughter weren't home when the fire began. He returned to the scene a short time later.
He told Nashville's News 2 they were renting the home and had just spent $600 on Christmas presents for the kids. They wrapped them and put them under the tree Tuesday night.
"We just lost everything. The kids have lost their Christmas," said Anders. "I've invested all my money this month into that and we just shopped for it yesterday, put everything under the Christmas tree, so it's a total loss for us and our family."
He added that his wife his seven months pregnant and a new crib for the baby was also destroyed in the fire.
The family does not have rental insurance and only recently moved to Cottontown from Illinois three months ago.
The family is need of clothing for their two daughters, 19-month-old Eliza and four-year-old Sydnie, who just celebrated a birthday Tuesday.
"I just have to keep saying all this stuff can be replaced," said Jones, adding, "We're not going to identify bodies and I'm just thankful for that, thankful they're alive."
Those who would like to help the Anders family can call Audrey Jones directly at 615-483-0867 or drop off donations at her home located at 108 Eatherly Drive in Lebanon.
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