Community members are offering help to a Metro East family who lost everything in a house fire this week.
It happened Saturday on Forest Drive in Collinsville. Anthony Priest said he and a friend were working on a car in the garage when some gas spilled, and a light on the floor caught fire.
The fire spread quickly to the house, which was completely damaged. Everyone inside the home escaped without injury.
Priest and his girlfriend rent the home with their three children. They just moved in last fall.
Friends and strangers have started collecting donated items for the kids and money for the family online.
"We've had donations from a lot of families, clothes," Priest said. And that's awesome. We're mainly concerned about the kids."
"I felt very humbled," added his girlfriend, Sarah Green. "I didn't think there were that many people out there who truly cared for somebody else."
Green is a cancer survivor. Priest works two jobs and was trying to save money to buy a house. They did not have rental insurance.
To learn more about a GoFundMe page for the family, click here.