Wagoner family whose home burned in historic Main Street fire tries to make the best of the holidays

Posted at 9:30 PM, Nov 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-27 22:30:05-05

FORT GIBSON, Okla. - The holiday season is typically a time to enjoy family and reflect on what we're grateful for, but for one Green Country family it's reminded them of what they've lost.

Their Christmas tree radiates joy. 

"We had everything ready and now our mom, she's working every day, every weekend trying to get us Christmas," said Wagoner fire victim Meagan Garner. 

But their holiday spirit dimmed by pain. 

"You never want them to suffer for anything in the world," said Meagan's mother Tamala Dallis. 

She and her two children trying to make the most of their first Christmas since staring death in its face. 

"He opened the door to find us a way out and see what was happening and he just got a face full of fire," Meagan told 2 Works for You in July. 

While the rest of Main Street is trying to move on Tamala and her children, much like their old home, feel stuck in time like the flames sparked just yesterday. 

"I thought it was… I actually thought I was going to die out there."

Both of her children lucky to be alive. 

He kind of left me in a spot thinking my daughter was in the house burning. And my thought all the way home was I'm never going to get to see her again," Tamala said. 

Her daughter Meagan now being homeschooled while she struggles to heal. 

"You never get over it, we have a fire alarm and it'll go off and scare us."

Both children without beds, blankets rolled out on the floor. 

The family eating dinner on the couch until they can afford a kitchen table. 

"Now all I have are the memories."

Tamala, hoping an angel shields her family from more pain than they can bear in 2018, taking with her the toughest lesson she's ever had to learn. 

"Let your loved ones know you love them because you never know what the next day holds."

The mayor of Wagoner told 2 Works for You the cause of the fire still hasn't been determined. 

The investigation is on hold until the remaining structure is safe enough to dig through.

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