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Lake County Community Rallies Around Man Who Loses Home in Fire

A Lake County man lost his home and everything inside in a fire, but family and neighbors were quick to step in and help. 

Rick Knuppenburg was just returning home last night we he saw his house was on fire.

 He, along with his 6 dogs, were not hurt.

The fire started Monday around 4:30 p.m. at the home on North Coe Road in Lake County’s Dover Township.

A home of six years, a lifetime of memories, gone in one evening.

Rick Knuppengurg lost nearly everything, including his son’s military uniform. 

“This as you can see is my kitchen and what’s left of it, everything I own now that you look at it, it don’t look like much,” said Knuppenburg.

 But today he still has his six dogs and lots of love pouring in.

Family, neighbors and the Red Cross were there quickly to help Rick.

He’s staying at his neighbor’s house.

His family drove from Grand Rapids Tuesday morning to make sure he and his dogs had food.

“If it wasn’t for family friends and neighbors you couldn’t do it, as much as you think you can you need help, you need people. If it wasn’t for help from the community, for friends, family, neighbors, we need them,” said Rick.

And just days from Thanksgiving, Rick says he still has plenty to be thankful for.

“When you stop and think about it I’m here talking about it.  I’ll get by, I know I will I got family already contacting me, I got neighbors coming up, I’ve got Red cross helping out. It’s not even Thanksgiving yet and people are already giving, that’s amazing,” said Rick. 

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