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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Barb McDonald fights back the tears as she replays the phone call and the images as a fire consumed her house.

"We might not be here today," said McDonald. "I want to thank everyone who helped us."

McDonald gave KWWL an inside look at the damage of her house on the Southeast side of Cedar Rapids, now a total loss.

Cedar Rapids Fire crews say the fire broke out in the 1600 block of Timber Court SE, just after 2 a.m. Saturday morning.

Fire crews say once they arrived heavy flames were coming from two cars in the McDonalds' driveway that extended up the front of the home and into the attic--causing parts of the roof to collapse.

McDonald's neighbor Tabby Barnes captured video of the intense flames and called McDonald, warning her to get out.

"My cell phone was ringing next to my bed, and it was my neighbor Tabby telling me to get out of our house," said McDonald.

She says it took a while for her to process that phone call because she was sound asleep.

"Barb, your house is on fire, are you guys in the house?! You need to get out of the house," screamed Barnes.

"This sun porch, we spent a lot of time out there, this is a complete disaster," said McDonald as she looks at the damage. "Unbelievable, disbelieve, it didn't seem like it was real. The most devastating part of the house is me and my husband bedroom.

The master bedroom is just feet away from the garage where the fire spread to first.

McDonald, her husband Don, son, and four pets were all inside as the fire swallowed the home.

"Just thankful that we got out, everything can be replaced. We completely have to replace everything," said McDonald.

A custom-built home, three cars, memories and possessions for the McDonalds for the last three years were all lost in the fire.

The McDonalds plan on rebuilding in the same spot.

The McDonald's want to thank everyone who helped get them out, from her son's friends, neighbors, even fire crews were working to put out the fire.

Fire investigators are still determining the exact cause of the fire.

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