(Haysville, Kan.)—A Haysville family is picking up the pieces of their lives after their home was destroyed by fire.
The fire started near 79th street and South Meridian Friday.
Now the family says, they're trying to pick up the pieces of their lives and get through the holidays.
As Penny Felt digs through what's left of her house, she's keeping a unique perspective.
"You know, you gotta laugh, to keep from crying, you gotta laugh. I mean, it's just stuff. It's just stuff," she says laughing.
The Felts' home was destroyed by fire Friday afternoon.
Penny says she got a frantic call from her son, who was inside the house at the time. He made it out safely but the family's cat, did not.
"I didn't want to believe at first it was my house but we stood out in the cul-de-sac with neighbors and watched it burn," she says.
Felt says a smoke detector saved her son's life.
Standing inside what's left of the Felt home, they showed the hand-decorated ornaments from their charred Christmas tree.
"We had our names on them and had them specially decorated," says Felt.
The family will spend Christmas with relatives.
They say Red Cross and their neighbors have been lifesavers, donating everything from coats to clothes to gift cards.
Penny says it's been tough but the family is moving forward
"We're gonna rebuild it. Start new. That's all we can do," she says.