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Outpouring of support for Powhatan fire victims

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POWHATAN, VA (WWBT) -

Neighbors, business owners and strangers are stepping up to help a Powhatan family who lost everything in a house fire.  

The Crotts family calls the outpouring of support, unbelievable. Their home on old Buckingham Road was destroyed Monday morning.

One local business, Powhatan's Community Self Storage, is offering free space for donated items. The company is working with the displaced family and encouraging people to give.

"We want to reach out to the community in anyway we can. We will donate as many units as it takes to be able to store items for the family until they're moved into a new home," said Laura Wade.

The kind gesture is lifting the spirit of nine year old Madison Crotts. She's a cheerleader who says she misses her girlie stuff.

"My cheerleading stuff was in the room and my jewelry box and like, my furniture," Madison explained.

She says, seeing her home reduced to rubble is painful.

"It's been sad for my family because everything we owned is gone," she added.

Madison, her five siblings, and parents are saying, thank you.

Since the fire the community has donated mattresses, money and so much more.

Perhaps the more touching donation - a bible.

"The community has been wonderful. They see how we're doing. They ask if the kids need anything," said family member, Catherine Oakley.

As for Madison, she says her family will be okay. 

"It's not the end of the world. We can still get a new house," she explained.

The family is looking for a new place to live.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The family has also set up The Crotts Family Fund.

You can make a donation at the New Horizon Bank at 2501 Anderson Highway in Powhatan.

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