A local family is dealing with the aftermath of a devastating fire that left their house in ruins. The blaze broke out Thursday evening at a home on French Drive near Adkins.

Fire officials say the blaze began inside the garage. Cara Dent and her family were able to escape. Three of the family pets were killed. Two of their dogs were rescued.

We were there thursday when a good samaritan dropped off a check to help the family get back on their feet.

If you would like to help the family, you can donate here.