Tuba City woman loses house to fire

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - A woman who has helped burnout victims for years had her own house burned down last week.

Vanessa Brown, a longtime community activist with Tuba City Community Action for Children and Youth, watched her house burn down last week.

The Navajo Police Department suspects arson and have turned the case over to the FBI.

"Watching your house burn down makes you feel so helpless and dumbfounded," she said.

But Brown has been touched by the community response as community members have been donating funds or helping however they can.

"A lot of the community members are angry that this happened," she said.

Brown is staying at her brother Harry's house in Tuba City for now. She and her husband Andrew were already in the process of building another home where the old Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps shooting range used to be in Tuba City, but there is no timeline for completing that house.

Brown said they can replace many of the items in the house, but not the family heirlooms and photos of her children. She is just glad that her daughter Jade and her baby were able to get out of the house without any injury. The family dog is also missing. They hope that the dog escaped the fire.

Donations can be dropped off at the Tuba City Fire Department.

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