Cornelius community steps up to help family that lost home to fire

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Neighbors in Cornelius are getting results for a family just in time for the holidays.

On Monday, a young couple watched as their home, most of their belongings, and all their holiday gifts burned in a fire on Madison Village Drive. It was a devastating sight to see their first home go up in flames.

"People just kept showing up with lots of love and support. Lots of random people we haven't met before," said Eric Gillon.

Eric’s wife, Joy, says their golf cart caught on fire while it was charging in the garage. She says the flames spread to the rest of the house.

This is their baby girl Ella’s very first Christmas. Of course, it's far from the way they had planned. However, they're receiving more gifts than they could have imagined.

"We are extremely grateful. We love everything everyone has done for us. We couldn't have asked for better people,” said Joy Gillon.

The Cornelius community is getting results for the Gillon family. Since the fire on Monday, people have been dropping off clothes, baby toys, and other gifts at the Cornelius-Lemley Fire Department.

"We've been receiving overwhelming support from the town of Cornelius with people dropping off baby clothes, bottles, the essentials to get them through the holiday season," said Peter Blaich, one of the firefighters who helped battle the fire. He and his fellow firefighters delivered the gifts to the Gillon family Wednesday afternoon.

"She just gave me a hug and broke down a little bit and was overwhelmed that people would take them in so close to the holidays," said Blaich.

The family says they plan to rebuild in the same spot. It’s a process Eric says should take 6 to 8 months through their insurance. While they lost nearly all their possessions, Eric and Joy say they gained the invaluable support of their community.

"It's very overwhelming. It puts you into tears. It's so much," said Eric.