Life can change in a instant, something 11 people in louisville learned yesterday.
An early morning fire left them with only the clothes on their backs.
Our rylie livingston takes a look at how one moment can change everything.
She joins us in the studio with more.
Video in monitor clothes, food, even their toothbrushes.
Everything is gone but they still have each other.
What started out as a normal morning turned into a life changing moment for james gant and his family..
"my wife she got up to use the bathroom when she entered going to the bathroom she smelled smoke so she called me so i got up and i went and looked and i could see black smoke coming out of the living room.
So my dumb self i ran in the rooms i see what's going and the smoke pushed me back out you know i couldn't see where it started from."
In just a matter of hours, gant's home of the last 3 years, and everything he had, was gone.
"we basically get out of here with just the clothes on our back.
She, she was still in her pajamas in the house you she didn't have a coat.
I mean, my grandson had no shoes on.
He literally had a pair of pants on no shirt.
I mean, it's hard to imagine .
We were glad that nobody got hurt."
Now he and his neighbors are trying to figure out what comes next.
"you gotta start from the bottom."
"gotta start over by trying to figure out where to start from here.
Everything i own was in there."
One resident was too emotional to go on camera.
"it's been it's been rough it's been rough but you know, its materialistic stuff i'm glad me and my baby made it all right."
But they're not facing this tragedy alone.
Louisville fire department deputy chief robert hutto says the american red cross is there to help.
"in instances like this, we will contact the red cross dispatch, or provide the contact information to the homeowners or residents and in turn with the red cross will mobilize and they'll send out representatives to interview the residents and try and find out what kind of assistance needed that at times like provide lodging they can provide financial assistance."
For santana hudson she has to keep a brave face for her kid and move forward.
"we'll make it, we'll make it."
Robert hutto says there are local organizations who also can step up by providing clothes and food.