WESTLAKE, OH (WOIO) - A devastating blaze on Christmas day left a family without a place to stay, but thanks to the kindness of others, their holiday was salvaged.
Somehow in the midst of this disaster, a bright spot beams.
"I went out like, 'Why are all these people in my house?' 'Cause I had no idea what was happening," said Katrina Miller.
Katrina's parents, including her father, Nathan Miller, invited a family of six evacuated from the fire-ravaged building into the Miller family home, after he got the shock of a lifetime on Christmas at 7 a.m., starting with a bang on the door from police.
"I looked over the house, over here, and black smoke. I ran across, over there, and I seen families out of their home," said Nathan Miller.
He brought one of those families in for hot chocolate.
"I was brought up, if you see anyone in need, bring them in and help them," said Nathan.
His two kids, who are accustomed to spending Christmas opening gifts, postponed their morning opening Santa's surprises and instead entertained a family forced to evacuate their home, unsure of what to expect upon return.
But this 10-year-old didn't mind the change of plans.
"It was better because we got to help somebody," Katrina said.
For two cheerful and special girls who helped some neighbors, Santa still came. He even left a selfie on Katrina's new tablet. The pair became part of something much bigger during this season of giving.
"Not bragging, but, you know, we did a good thing. And hopefully, someone sees this and they'd like to pay it forward also," said Nathan.
Firefighters are still investigating what caused the blaze.
A group of 10 people are still displaced. The Red Cross is helping the four families with food, clothing, and shelter in the meantime.