A family of eight lost their home, their pet dog and all their belongings in a house fire at 710 N. Colcord Road Saturday afternoon, police said.
Frederick and Marcella Proctor, their four children, a mother-in-law and a nephew were not home when the fire occurred, but their pet Rottweiler died of smoke inhalation, Payson Police Sgt. Rod Mamero said.
The Payson Police Department dispatcher received a 911 call shortly after 1 p.m., reporting that a house was on fire.
When fire crews from the Payson and Diamond Star Fire departments arrived, the house was fully engulfed and flames were shooting out the back, just feet from a neighboring home. Firefighters were able to prevent the flames from jumping to trees and other structures.
Payson Fire Marshal Mike Winters is continuing to investigate the cause of the fire.
"It's still under investigation," Winters said. "It is not suspicious -- we just need to rule out all the possible causes before we say what it definitely was."
The Red Cross and Salvation Army have been assisting the family. Winters said they are staying at a local motel.
"They have nothing but the clothes on their backs," Winters said. "Everything in the house was damaged, including all the Christmas presents they had bought for their children."
Marcella's co-workers at Rim Guidance Center have organized an effort to help the family.
"They are definitely going to need a lot of help," said fellow staff member Julie Klausner. "If people want to make a cash donation, there will be an account set up at National Bank."
Klausner said material goods to help the family are also welcome.
"What they need immediately is clothing and Christmas presents for the kids," Klausner said.
A 13-year-old girl and four boys, ages 4, 7, 9 and 12 are in the family.
"Whatever people have to offer is really appreciated," Klausner said.
"They literally lost everything they own."
To donate items to help the Proctor family, call Steve Steward at (928) 468-8146.