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Port St. Lucie family of 4 loses everything after fire destroys home

Investigators speak with a Port St. Lucie family who lost everything after a fire destroyed their home. (WPEC)

A fire ripped through a Port St. Lucie home last Sunday night.

DeLacy Bembry was in the home with her husband, Gary Grimsley, and her two children, a 16-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old son.

Investigators have not determined a cause, but said an explosion in the garage was caused by old car racing equipment.

Bembry said she was watching a football game with her husband when they started to smell smoke.

“We walk out and try to go into our garage and black smoke just starts coming in and we immediately knew something was wrong,” Bembry said.

So she ran back inside and started screaming for her children. That’s when something exploded in the garage.

“The garage door flew across the cars to the neighbor’s yard, the front of the yard," Bembry said.

Bembry said her husband wasn’t supposed to be home that night, but because he was, they were able to make it out alive.

“Thank God for my husband. He had to kick out the back gate down to get out of here, but we got out. We're here. We are here,” she said. “I just thank God we got out of there because there is nothing left, nothing. But this too shall pass.”

Bembry said 2017 has been a rough year. She has been battling breast cancer, which makes this whole experience harder.

“We can only be the toughest people that you know," she said. "My kids can only be the hardest rocks we got. But we're here. It can only make us stronger, can't kill us. It can only make us stronger, wiser braver."

She said she wanted to stay up to watch the football game that night, but she’s usually in bed early because of her treatments.

Now she’s hoping everyone holds their family a little closer.

“I just pray everyone take times to love their family and things," Bembry said. "People don't realize. A lot of things are taken for granted, life.”

Bembry and her family are staying with other family members in the area until they can get back on their feet.

They had only been living in the home for three years.

Those who want to help the family can donate to their GoFundMe page.

The St. Lucie County Fire District is also having a fundraiser for the family Dec. 13 from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. at Big Apple Pizza in Fort Pierce at 311 S 35th St.


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