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Family's home burns before Christmas, now they are homeless

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They lost everything they had.

Just three days before Christmas, a family's trailer burns down. Three days after Christmas, they're now living out of their van

"This is what's left of our home," said Holly Camp, as she showed us the shell of a trailer left on her property.

She looked inside with despair. The destruction was so bad, she couldn't even retrieve any clothes from the fire.

"Totally, totally, totally nothing," she said, describing the damage, "The bathroom's gone, the whole room is gone, the bed is gone, nothing but frame."

Small toys show the bedroom where her grandchildren and daughter once slept.

"Where the couch was, that's where it caved in," she said, "And if we would've made it just a few more seconds, we might have been killed."

Thankful the family survived the fire, they are now struggling to survive day by day.

"We're living in our van, right here," Holly said.

The van has become Holly and her boyfriend's only shelter. After the Red Cross gave them a hotel for three days, her kids and grand kids were able to stay with family member, but that left the couple out alone.

"We take showers going to Ruskin, if we can make it to Ruskin. Most of the time it's at a Seven Eleven bathroom," she said.

Limited by a fixed income, they have no money to even buy simple things like food and water.

"You wanna know what this is?" she asked, as she opened a box, "It's pizza from the dumpster behind Little Caesar's. This is how we're eating."

This was not how they pictured spending the holidays.

Her eyes filled with tears, Holly said, "I am very sad, I am very angry, I'm heartbroken, I'm confused, I don't understand, I don't understand why."

Out on their own, ending the year with pain and loss, perhaps the new year will provide them a new beginning.

We contacted several homeless shelters on behalf of the family and they were all full due to the holidays.

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