On Saturday, Oct. 27 at 5 a.m., the Derden family of Austin awoke to the smell of something burning in their home.

According to a family friend, Ray Derden checked, but saw nothing. Then the fire alarms starting going off all through the house. Ray told his wife, Lynn and a young child staying with them, to get dressed and get out of the house. Ray, Lynn and the neighbor girl got out safely, but the mobile home was a total loss.

According to the family friend, fire trucks arrived within 15 minutes, the house was engulfed in flames.

The family is in need of clothing, house items, etc. To donate, can contact Judy Moore, mother of Ray Derden at 501-941-9753. If you want to donate money, which they badly need, go to the First Security Bank in Cabot where an account has been set up for the Derden (Durden) Family.