DALTON Minn. — An Otter Tail County community is rallying behind a couple who lost everything in a house fire.
Just outside the town of Dalton, Minnesota lies what's left of the house of Teresa and Lee McCullar, where almost two months ago, the McCullars were at Teresa's mom's house loading up tractors when they realized something was wrong.
"They went up to the pickup, and that's when she got a hold of her cell phone, and they said 'fire,' " said Judy Jensen, Teresa's mother.
Although most of the home is now a pile of rubble, some things survived the fire, but not enough to rebuild the house as it was. For example, the house also held a woodworking business, one of Lee's passions.
"That's what he does very well. And he's got customers waiting, and we've got a lot of tools to recover," said Teresa McCullar.
Not only did the McCullars lose their house, but they also lost a few close furry friends. One of which played a key role in diagnosing Teresa's heart disease two years ago.
"The dog always made sure that I understood when I was going too far, he helped the doctors understand before I had complete heart failure. He saved my life," Teresa said.
After this tragedy, people from all corners of town are coming together to support the McCullars through a benefit lunch, and the family says one word can describe what the help means to them.
"Everything. It means everything to have family, the community. Dalton is super for that," said Judy.
In the meantime, the McCullars are working on building a new house where the original one stood, and they hope that'll turn the tide for both the home and the business.
The benefit is Saturday, June 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dalton Community Center.