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Family loses everything in fire

BY GENEVIEVE POSTLETHWAIT gpostlethwait@paducahsun.com

Early Labor Day morning, 18 firefighters from the West Marshall and Benton fire departments worked to put out a fire at the home of Rick and Wanda Gamble on Phelps Road in Marshall County, right outside of Benton.

Despite firefighters' efforts, the Gambles lost their home and all of their belongings to the fire, save for the clothes they were wearing Monday morning, a laptop and handful of photos. The Gambles are now turning to the community for help.

According to Benton Fire Chief Harry Green, the Gambles were sitting outside Monday morning when they heard something fall inside the house. When they went in to check on things, smoke came flooding out. The Gambles were able to save their three dogs and a few photographs, but not much else. As of Monday evening, Green said the cause of the fire was still unknown and is under investigation.

Executive director of Lakeland Red Cross Darlene Lynn said her group will do what it can to help the Gambles with food, clothing and connecting them with partner agencies to help rebuild their lives. The couple is currently staying with family, she said, but is in dire need of essentials including clothing, food and any other household items.

In particular, women's clothing (shirt size XXL, pant size 18/20, shoe size 9) and men's clothing (shirt size XXL, pant size 38/40 and 34" in length, shoe size 12) would be greatly appreciated by the family.

Community members can donate items to the Gamble family at 1003 Elm St. in Benton.

Contact Genevieve Postlethwait, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8651 or at gpostlethwait@paducahsun.com.

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