Family loses everything in moving truck fire, thankful to be alive

A family was devastated after the U-Haul truck carrying all their belongings caught fire, taking with it a lifetime of memories. (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) - A family was devastated after the U-Haul truck carrying all their belongings caught fire, taking with it a lifetime of memories.

The fire happened Friday morning at a rest area on I-71 near Polaris. They were in the middle of moving from Louisville to Northeast Ohio.

Crissie Lafferty said her mom, fiance and their two-month-old, Giddeon, were making the drive to Lorain, Ohio, for a fresh start.

"I got a great job opportunity here," she said. "You know, and it was kind of one of those things that everything just kind of fell into place."

So, with the pieces together, they packed up a four-bedroom house and started driving.

"I smelled like a faint rubber smell," said Lafferty, "but, it was real faint. It went away and I didn't think anything of it."

They stopped at a rest stop on I-71 to use the bathroom. When Lafferty came out, she could smell and then see smoke.

"By the time I got right around the corner to the back of the truck, my mom had just cracked the latch and the black smoke just came pouring out," she said.

The fire ripped through the moving truck and the car they were towing.

"You are just sitting there watching everything and all the flames and you just know that it is done," said Lafferty. "I have a new baby and so all his first time things are all gone."

She skyped WSYX from Lorain, where they are recovering with family. Her fiance Aaron can't help but think there was a higher power keeping them safe.

"It is just wonderful for us to be together and the amount of love that was just shown to us today, you know, it is just priceless to us," he said.

State Highway Patrol is investigating and said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

The family has set up a GoFundMe account for anyone who wants to help.

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