House fire in the Wilder Park neighborhood causes a family to lose everything they own

There was a house fire in the 200 block of West Collins Court on Friday evening.
Published: Feb. 5, 2023 at 5:17 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 5, 2023 at 11:56 PM EST
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - There was a house fire in the 200 block of West Collins Court on Friday evening.

According to the Louisville Fire Department, the call came in around 8 p.m. and crews arrived three minutes later.

Officials said there were 27 firefighters on scene and it took 25 minutes to control the fire.

The house received significant damage while there was no damage to surrounding properties, according to LFD.

Now, A family of four is searching for a new home.

Everyone made it out safely but for Hunter Browning Sr. and his family, it cost them everything.

A pile of blackened clothes, furniture and toys is all that’s left for Hunter Browning Senior, Amber Broyles and their family.

Browning Senior has the scars to prove it. He jumped on the fire after it broke out to save his son and has severe burns as a result.

“It was just so fast,” Browning Sr. said. “I really can’t explain how it happened because it was so quick when it just lit up but the first thing I knew was to go into protect mode and make sure that my family gets out safe and they’re not hurt.”

Browning Sr said he, his girlfriend, his two kids his dad and his dog were all in their house on Collins Court when the fire started Friday night.

He said he was using a generator to keep his home warm because their gas line was off. When they went to check out the damage a day after the fire, it was a sight he and his family couldn’t stand to look at.

“It was emotional yeah. I wanted to leave as fast as we got here. It was worst than whenever it happened when we came to see the aftermath,” Amber Broyles and Browning Sr. said. “You know, because you look at it and say two minutes did that to my life?”

Their three year-old boy Hunter Browning Jr. went through the rubble to show WAVE News his favorite toys.

He shared with us that not being able to play with them anymore hurts him the most.

“It was a Spider-Man bike and it burned. It was inside my house and it was around my toys,” Hunter Browning Jr. said. “‘Was your bike one of your favorite toys?’ Yeah.”

Yet in darkness, there’s a bit of light. Broyles says the love they’ve received from the community has given them hope in humanity.

While they know together they’ll be okay, they say this loss is something they wouldn’t wish upon anyone.

“It’s just very heartbreaking you know,” Browning Sr. said. “Just seeing, just seeing the aftermath of it and seeing it and knowing that you just have nothing left at all.”

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help the family, click or tap here for more information.