- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

LEMPSTER, N.H. (AP) - People have rallied to help a family of eight that escaped a house fire with only the clothes on their back in Lempster, New Hampshire.

The Lempster Ladies Auxiliary showed up at the fire scene and put out a Facebook message asking for donations for the family, which includes five children ages 1 to 6.

People have donated clothes, car seats, shoes, diapers and toys.

The family lost their three dogs in the fire, including one that woke them up.

“We just barely got out in time,” resident Jessica Hoge told the Eagle Times (https://bit.ly/1LS6xXZ). “I grabbed the two youngest, threw wet towels over their heads and ran with one on each hip.”

The family said they believe the fire started near the front door. They immediately sought another exit through the laundry room. That door had some snow in front of it, but they were able to push it open enough to get everyone through

Fire officials are still investigating the cause of Sunday night’s fire; it does not appear suspicious.

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