Family offers message of hope after house fire

Fire destroys home in Manlius in September 2017.

A lot can happen over a cup of coffee.

"There are a lot of things about that day I don't remember," said Jill McBride.

But sometimes the most painful memories can be shared.

Jill and her family lost everything in a house fire in September 2017, including one of their two dogs.

"It was a hot day in September. My son had a football game," added Jill. "And about midway through the game we found out there was a house on fire on Watervale. My husband took off running and I had four missed calls from my neighbor and i knew it was our house."

Almost five months later, Jill still can't wrap her head around that day. But it's the strength of community that's helped the McBride family pick up the pieces.

"We've had more help than we can every ask for between family, friends and even people in our community some of whom we've never met. We can never thank anyone enough," said Jill.

When hearing of today's house fire in Mattydale, Jill and her daughter Mara, can't help but relate to the overwhelming feeling the family of six may be experiencing. Having lived it, the McBride's hope to offer words of encouragement.

"Difficult but nothing you can't handle," said Jill's daughter, Mara.

"Take it day by day and take it slow and allow yourself to grieve and be okay. It's not easy but I think in the long run it will help us heal," said Jill.

Proving that even in the darkest of times, you can find a light.

"You can never predict when these things happen," said Jill. "Don't worry about the small stuff."

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