But now without a home and a car, the family is just grateful to be alive.
The family climbed out of windows to escape their burning home.
"I just started screaming for everybody to get out of the house. My son was in the room next to me so I screamed for him. I told him don't open his bedroom door just go out the window."
All five people, including Angela Vaughan's 12-year-old son, were able to make it out safely after the fire started just after 4 a.m. Sunday morning.
"That's when the garage busted open and flames everywhere the whole house just lit up."
The family tells NewsChannel 3 that it only took seconds for flames to engulf the entire house.
"Within a minute by the time we got out if we had not gotten out when we did that wouldn't be here."
Fire investigators still don't know what caused the fire.
But the flames destroyed the house and everything inside.
All they have left now are the clothes on their back.
"Unbelievable everything's gone, everything. Our Christmas, everything."