PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Friends are trying to help a Pulaski County family who lost everything - including two pets - in a fire that destroyed their home.
Clayton Gibson says the property out Coal Bank Road in Tateville has been in his family for generations. But now not much is left of the home and lives he and Sarah Johnson made there. It all burned down, they said, in about 10 minutes.
"He seen smoke coming from around the road, and it was black," Johnson said. "He said, 'My house is on fire,' and I said, 'Lord, no.'"
Thankfully Gibson, Johnson and the kids - Kevin Gibson, 8; Joshua Gibson, 7; and Sarah Gibson, 3 - were all OK. But the family lost everything they owned, they said. The family cat and their dog, Diesel, died in the fire.
Since the fire late last week, the Red Cross has gotten them a hotel room, and members of the community have helped them by donating clothes. Friends have also created a GoFundMe page to help the family start over.
Unfortunately, it is not the first tragedy this family has been through. Clayton Gibson's sister, Linda, was brutally murdered in 1994. The killer or killers have never been found.
Gibson told WKYT's Garrett Wymer that he gets through by prayer and stays strong through his faith.
"Even though it ain't out loud, I do a lot of talking to my Lord," Gibson said. "I know he hears me. Because I'm still here. And I'm still going. Until He stops me, I'll just keep going."
If you would like to help you can donate to the family on the GoFundMe page created for them here.