ABITA SPRINGS, LA (WVUE) - On a day when many make lasting memories, a fire ripped through an Abita Springs home wiping out three decades of memories made building a family.
"We started building when [my son] was two," Shirley Weary said.
She and her husband, Billy, built their home themselves 31-years-ago.
St. Tammany Fire crews responded to the home on Plantation Dr just before midnight on Christmas Eve.
Firefighters arrived five minutes after the initial call and found the house fully engulfed in flames, according to Chief Kristopher Hines.
Investigators have yet to determine what started of the fire.
Friday, the hollowed house stands on charred timber as a painful reminder of the road ahead.
"We've got each other and that's the main thing. We've got each other," Billy Weary said.
The couple was away on a quick vacation to the Mississippi Gulf Coast when the fire started.
No one was hurt in the fire.
Family members told the Wearys over the phone what happened.
"It just hurts to not be able to pull in here and walk up in that door and just go get on my sofa because I'm tired," Shirley said.
"When we started out, we just had a frame and from that frame we just built it," Billy said. "It just took a a long time."
The Weary's home is insured, but on this Christmas they've only got four days worth of clothes to their name.
Family members and the community have pulled together to try and help setting up a GoFundMe account.
"Support has been good. I've had calls all day," Shirley said. "We're by our son's house right now but they've been coming by and whatever we need just call them and let them know."
The Wearys said most of the Christmas gifts for family and grandchildren were given away earlier this week. But Billy's gift to Shirley was inside the home when it caught fire.