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Family starts to pick up the pieces after fatal fire destroys home

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CALEDONIA, Minnesota (WXOW) – There's still no cause of the fatal fire that killed a woman and destroyed two homes in Caledonia, Minn. Christmas morning.

Investigators believe the fire started inside the victim's trailer and spread to second mobile home just feet away.

They have not yet released the name of the victim.

It broke out just after 1 a.m. Wednesday morning on the 300 Block of Eastside Lane, inside the Eastside Mobile Home Park.

Everyone in the second home got out safely. But it's a total loss.

A flag at half staff mourns the loss of a neighbor, while a family mourns the loss of a home.

"It's bad. It's unbelievable. I can't believe it," said Danny Lund, who spent Thursday sifting though the ashes of what used to be his brother's trailer.

"It's heart-breaking, you know. He worked so hard to get it.... then he lost it all in a matter of minutes," Lund said.

Lund's brother and 3 kids were across the street when it all happened. They also lived with a roommate, who was able to escape safely.

"I'm hoping there's something in there for him and his kids to at least have something of their life back," Lund said.

Through a burned window there's the remains of a Christmas tree and a charred couch where the family would sit together watching movies.

Lund was able to save some DVDs.

Mom Tina Luhman was able to find some Play Station games.

She saw her son's home go up in flames from her kitchen window.

"I didn't know what to do. I froze and the cops were knocking on the door," Luhman said.

"We have to be happy for the kids," she sighed. "Happy they're alive."

For this family, it's all about counting blessings.

Luhman's home does have some smoke damage, but the entire family was still able to go inside and celebrate Christmas. It's one they're sure to remember for a long time.

The Red Cross is helping the family get back on their feet.

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