Published: Oct 31, 2013 4:19 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 31, 2013 6:14 PM EDT

EVERGLADES CITY, Fla - A Collier County family is devastated after a fire rips through their home in Everglades City.

The flames started in the laundry room and quickly spread, destroying everything they owned including baby photos, home videos and keepsakes.

A week after the fire, Brittany Smallwood is still digging in the spot where her kids baby books once sat, hoping just one keepsake survived the flames.

"The baby books were right there. I was just trying to get 911. I honestly didn't think it could spread like this, this fast," says Brittany.

In a matter of minutes, a fire that started in the laundry room destroyed the Smallwood's entire home.

"We lost everything. All the baby videos, them growing up, their first Christmas, their first steps," says Kenny Smallwood. "All of our wedding pictures. It's gone."

Thankful that their smoke detectors went off and they were able to get out with their three boys they know it could have been worse, even fatal.

"We literally barely made it down the stairs," says Brittany. "We were choking on the smoke."

In a time of need, the Everglades City community has already stepped up. Starting a fire fund and giving the Smallwood's food, clothes and the basics to get back on their feet, but they know, there's a long road ahead.

"You never know what you have until it's gone," says Kenny.

A fund has been set up to help the family. Donations can be brought to any Fifth Third Bank. Just let the tellers know you would like to give to the "Kenny Smallwood Fire Fund."