MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - A fire ripped through a southwest Memphis home belonging to a family of nine, including seven children, around noon on Sunday.
Cashanna Martin was in church when her son came to tell her that their house in the 200 block of W. Norwood was burning down.
A charred red and white stocking, all that remains of her Christmas plans, hangs on what's left of the porch.
Martin said all of her family's worldly possessions are now nothing more than a pile of ashes. "Everything that we own, clothes, shoes...everything we had was in the house."
A neighbor gave Martin a jacket to keep warm on what was a bitterly cold day.
Martin said she had planned to soon purchase fire insurance for her home. "Ain't been in the house a year. My next step was to get insurance, but the fire came before I could get it."
And Martin's husband was recently laid off from his job as a home rehabber and painter.
But the mother of seven kids ages nine through 17 says that what matters most to her is that her children are safe. "We can get another house, we can get more clothes, we can get more furniture. We couldn't get another life."
She says the Red Cross is helping her out, and her kids are safe at their grandmother's house.
"You can only cry for so long," she said. "I know God do everything for a reason."
The fire is still under investigation. There's no word on what might have caused it.