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Family in need after fire destroys Grand Tower home

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JACKSON CO., Ill. -- A family tries to recover what it lost after flames destroyed their home a couple weeks before the new school year is set to start, leaving three high school students with no clothes or supplies for school.

"You can't salvage nothing out of there," said Betty Jordan, the homeowner.

The family is devastated after a fire ripped through the home off 4th Avenue in Grand Tower, destroying everything including their family photos, electronics, clothes and St. Louis Cardinals paraphernalia.

"Everything that was in there was destroyed, you can't save nothing in there," Jordan said.

Jordan told News 3 the family went back-to-school shopping Monday morning for her great grandchildren, who live with her, when everything unfolded.

"So that's why they were with me, otherwise, they would have been in there which is a scary thought," Jordan said.

She's thankful no one was in the home at the time.

"I had a lot of quilts in there and my grandson went in there to see if there was anything in there to salvage and he said, 'grandma, you can't save nothing, nothing,'" Jordan said. "I've worked hard to get what I got and my daughters helped me buy new furniture and build on and all that stuff, it's just heartbreaking."

Despite the heartbreak, Jordan is thankful for the support from community members, who've already donated some money to help her and her great-grandsons, who are entering the 10th and 11th grade.

"Wonderful, I think that people are pouring out their hearts to us because everybody knows it's about school time and the kids don't have any clothes so everybody is helping us," Jordan said.

The family is staying at a nearby motel through their insurance plan and is searching for a new and affordable place to live. They are accepting donations and told News 3 any support helps right now. If you are interested in donating, Jordan asks that you call her daughter Pamela at 618-240-4023.

Betty Jordan, who banks with the First Southern Bank in Grand Tower, is also accepting cash donations through her bank.

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