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Kelowa family of five homeless after fire

Jasmine,13, Justin, 11, Isabel, 5, and Madeline, 18 months and mother Lorelei Mitchner lost their rental home to a fire just a week before Christmas. (Facebook)
The decorations were hung, the the tree was up and Lorelei Mitchner and her four children were getting ready to celebrate their first Christmas in their home in Rutland.

But that won't happen.

Tuesday morning they were sent running from their home, with their lives and not much else.

Daybreak host Chris Walker spoke with Lorelei Wednesday at the hotel which she, 13-year-old Jasmine, 11-year-old Justin, 5-year-old Isabel and 18-month-old Madeline are calling home -- at least for the next couple days.

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