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U.S. Air Force reservist, Phillip Corry, just recently returned home to his family after serving in Iraq. But a severe lightning storm has now turned that home into a crumbling pile of ash.

"We heard one big crack, and it was just, just, 'pow,'" describes Corry.

Corry, his wife, Twana and their daughters – 6-year-old Paisley and 9-year-old Phylicia – escaped the burning house, but the fire destroyed everything the family owned.

Immediately following the event, neighbors jumped into action and started collecting donations for the Corry family.

"People went and got food, got clothes, they were like 'what size does your kid wear? What can we do to help?'" Twana recalls with tears of thanks welling up in her eyes. Watch the video above to hear more emotional reaction from this family of four.

Community members say the outpouring of help just makes sense.

"He's actually given his life for our freedom, for our safety," says one neighbor. "I think that's the least that we can do for him is to come out and help him. He's given everything so we can be there."

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