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Family of 9 left with nothing after fire destroys their home; donations being collected

A Clay family that lost everything in a fire Wednesday night gained something you can’t put a price on – a new appreciation for each other and gratitude for the quick action of a neighbor and son.
Clay (WSYR-TV) -- A Clay family that lost everything in a fire Wednesday night gained something you can’t put a price on – a new appreciation for each other and gratitude for the quick action of a neighbor and son.

That neighbor rushed a ladder to their window so they could safely get out of the house.

Jennifer Kazlman is also grateful for her quick thinking son.

Kazlman’s 14-year-old son Edward dropped to his knees to stay below the smoke and save his sister who was still inside as the fire broke out.

“He grabbed her hand, he brought her into the bedroom and he stuffed her head out of the window. By that time, the man with the ladder came and we told her to go down and she didn't want to go down, so he pretty much threw her down the ladder,” Kazlman told NewsChannel 9.

Kazlman and her partner rented the home, so they’re now left searching for a new one, but they don’t have to look far to see what matters most.

“I am grateful. The most important thing is everyone got out of the house,” Kazlman said.

Kazlman says two of the family's dogs perished in the blaze; two other dogs made it out safely.

The Red Cross has provided some clothing, but the family of nine lost everything.

If you’d like to help out, you can call Kazlman’s mother Linda Ortiz who is organizing a clothing and fund drive for the family. Her number is 315-591-4825. Children in the family range in age from 7 to 20 years old.

An investigation into what caused the fire is ongoing.

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