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Father and son left homeless after fire

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A father and son in Brandon are left homeless after a fire destroys their home Monday morning. Thankfully, the family is okay and the father's longtime business was salvaged. 

Fire crews were called to the home in the 200 block of Main Street just after 8:00 Monday morning. Multiple area fire crews including Brandon and LaPorte city responded to contain the fire.

Homeowner John Wilts was working in his garden when his neighbor came over and told him his house was on fire. His son was taking a bath when the fire started, but was able to make it out with minor scrapes and bruises. 

"I couldn't see, I was fighting intense heat pure black smoke," said Wilts. 

Despite the fire gaining momentum, Wilts stayed to find the family dog Cody. 

 "I gasped and held my breath I finally grabbed her and ran out the back door," said Wilts. 

The family was able to save their dog Cody, but lost a number of cats and kittens in the fire. 

The family believes it was a window air conditioner that started the fire. Firefighters are still investigating the exact cause. 

The Wilts haven't been able to go back into their home to see what is salvageable because the roof has started to cave in.

Wilts says he came close to losing a lot more than just his home in the fire.  Despite the loss, Wilt says what's left standing speaks for itself. His business Hawkeye Homegrown, a produce stand of more than 30 years is still sitting untouched in his front yard. Through the window, the Wilt's saw their family cross still hanging amid the smoke and charred debris. 

"Somebody's looking over us," said Wilts. "The house can be replaced."

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