Family in high-spirits, thankful to be together after fire destroyed home

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EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. -- Fire burned them out of their home, but despite their many losses a family is still giving thanks this Christmas Eve.

It's been three weeks since the Excelsior Springs family lost virtually everything in a house fire.

"I hit it with a mini fire extinguisher and glass started popping and the big plumes of black smoke came at me," Joe Clark said.

On December 2, Clark sound asleep when his little good luck charm, his five-year-old son named Lucky, ran into wake him up after seeing smoke in their kitchen.

“He came in and woke me up. I get up to go check it out and sure enough there's big plumes of smoke rolling down the attic stairwell," he recalled.

Clark ran his son next door to a neighbor’s house.

“I ran up and down the stairs trying to put it out a couple of times, but about my third trip up there, I just had to get out," he said.

He got out safely, but the fire wiped out their furniture, lots of clothes and destroyed much of the interior of the house that's been so dear to the Clark family for more than a century.

"I feel very fortunate. It could've been so much worse if he wasn't there to wake me up," Clark said.

And that's why this Christmas Eve they're grateful firefighters got all of their Christmas presents, except two, out of their burning house. Area churches and businesses have donated food, clothing and other items to the family.

"We're in very high spirits thanks to the love and support we've gotten," Clark said.

"I'm so very thankful that we get to spend Christmas together. All of us," grandmother Renna Pate said. “What more is there?”

How about a special gift for Lucky?

Firefighters named him an "Honorary Fireman" for his quick-thinking and alerting his dad about the fire."

"He is my little hero, absolutely! He saved the day! We are lucky for Lucky," Clark said.

Right now the family is staying with relatives. A Go Fund Me page has been set up for those who wish to donate to the family’s recovery efforts.