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Auburn Hills family loses everything in fire

Donations being taking at Huntington Bank

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Auburn Hills single mother of four Chasity Nowicki said although she is thankful no one was hurt when flames destroyed her home, she has been left with nothing right before Christmas.

Nowicki said she had just gotten her children off to school and day care and was at work Monday morning when she got a phone call that her trailer home was on fire.

"I came straight here. When I got here there was just lots of fire trucks and everything was on fire," she said.

The mother said everything is a total lost.

"Unfortunately, it was important to have renter's insurance and I didn't have it. So we have nothing," she said.

Monday was also Nowicki's 29th birthday and the fire claimed the life of the family's pet cat.

"I'm sure this is going to be quite a shock to them," Nowicki said.

Her children range in age from 1 to 8.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

"It's when you find out like a loved one dies. You just, suddenly you're numb, you don't know how to feel, you don't know what to say," Nowicki said. "Right now, I'm just still in a state of shock. When it wears off, I hope that I can still keep myself together."

Anyone interested in financially donating to the family can do so at any Huntington Bank under the "Chasity Nowicki" fund.

There is also a spaghetti dinner fundraiser planned for Dec. 19 at 5 p.m. at the Fern Hill Country Club in Clinton Township.