FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (FOX 5 DC) - A community is rallying around a family that lost everything in a fire over the weekend.
Two adults and three children narrowly escaped by jumping from the second story windows as their home burned to the ground.
They are lucky to have made it out alive – almost nothing is left but the front wall of their home.
Fairfax County firefighters arrived just before 2 a.m. on Sunday morning to find a large two-story home off of Bronze Post Court engulfed in flames.
But the home is a total loss after the fast moving fire that investigators say started on the back deck of the home by an unattended outdoor fire.
A GoFundMe page has raised more than $20,000 in just 24 hours for the Fairfax County family who woke up to their home on fire.
Meanwhile, two of the three kids who fled the fire attend nearby Bull Run Elementary School, where Principal Jason Pensler sent out a letter to parents in an effort to collect donations for a family that lost everything.
“As a school, we are rallying together to be able to provide gift cards for the kids for the summer activities, treats – whether it’s ice cream, movies, bowling, things of that nature – so the kids can have a wonderful summer this year and not have to worry about stuff. So the family doesn’t have to worry about paying for things. We are going to be here to support,” Pensler said.