Daybreak brought heartache for some Karlstad residents, who returned to find their homes turned into a pile of ash.
Reporter: "Is this the first time you've seen your home, since leaving?"
Kathy Britten, Karlstad Resident: "Yeah, in the light, yeah."
Reporter: "What are you thinking?"
Kathy Britten: "Well, I guess it's a clean slate in all my unfinished projects. It's only things. Nobody was hurt.
Britten says she works nights as a nurse and was sleeping at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon, when she heard firefighters in her yard. She says they were able to save some valuables before driving away, an hour later.
Keith Britten, Karlstad Resident: "I mean it just was through here in maybe a minute or not even that. It just flashed through…so."
Reporter: "Are you in a little bit of shock yet?"
Kathy Britten: "Oh, probably. But what am I going to do? The main things is we're O.K.. We got out things we think are important."
Reporter: "Photos and such?"
Kathy Britten: "Yeah, wedding albums. My parents, ours, our boys and some banking stuff so we have access to cash."
So now after building their home in 1991 and raising a family here, they'll start over.
The Britten's say they'll likely use their insurance money to build a new home. They're going to use this winter to plan it.