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Benefit Planned for Mandan Family Who Lost Home in Fire

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A benefit dinner helps one Mandan family rebuild after a devastating fire just one week ago.

Megan Lowry talks with the family as they start to move forward.

Just last week, Mike Peterson, his wife Heather and their two small children were sitting here watching Monday night TV, when their Neighbor who's Mike's father came to the house saying there were flames.

"You see things on TV and just hope it never happens."

Less than a half hour later the families home was nearly engulfed.

"Everything on the upper level is completely gone the back two rooms the kids bedroom is kind of where it started and in the kitchen.

Peterson says looking at his charred home is still surreal.

They lost pictures, toys, vehicles. Nearly everything but memories says Mike.

"We took some clothes out and washed them even tried the vinegar trick and they still smell like smoke it took pretty much everything."

Since the fire Mike says the clothing and toy donations from the community have been pouring in -- even from people they don't know..

The community has helped us out so much there's been a lot of people that have helped us out I don't know how to say thank you. It's just amazing.

A fire can burn belongings -- but it doesn't extinguish a family and a community's spirit.

Megan Lowry, K News.

Christ the King Church hosted a spaghetti dinner and silent auction tonight for the family.

Donations can be made payable to the Michael Peterson Family and dropped off at Christ the King Church or First Security Banks.

Mike and Heather -- do plan to rebuild.

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