OAKLAND — Six-year-old Lillian Shuman was excited to receive sparkly sneakers called Twinkle Toes shoes for Christmas this year, but about two days later they were destroyed by fire, along with her home.

As of Friday, though, at least three new pairs of Twinkle Toes shoes were on their way to her, according to her aunt, Mindy Beckwith, of Fairfield.

Lillian Shuman’s brother, 9-year-old Isaiah, has been given replacement Lego sets. And they and their parents, Ryan and Vicki, have received warm clothes, toiletries and other items.

Since their uninsured mobile home off Oak Street burned early Tuesday morning, the Shumans said they have been overwhelmed with the generosity of their neighbors, strangers, co-workers, family, friends and friends of friends.

“There’s nothing I could say to show the appreciation we have for what they’ve done. There are no words for it. It’s been amazing,” said Ryan Shuman, who was burned when he rushed back into the house to rescue a dog and had to be taken by Life Flight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. “I’ve never seen so many people come together like this.”

He didn’t know precisely how many people have helped but said it’s been dozens.

“I couldn’t even possibly try to keep track. We’ve had people just giving to other people to give to us, and it’s been amazing,” he said.

The family awoke around 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday to a house filled with smoke and flames. With everybody safe outside, Vicki and Ryan Shuman returned to save what they could. Vicki Shuman fell through the floor, injuring her knee, and her husband was burned on his hands, feet, arms, shoulders and back. The family’s dogs all got out safely.

The fire started in the wall separating the wood stove from a refrigerator, according to Sgt. Ken Grimes, with the Maine fire marshal’s office. It’s possible the blaze originated with the refrigerator, which had been making a noise the day before the fire, but there’s no way to tell for sure, he said.

Isaiah Shuman lost a Hot Wheels collection of toy cars and trucks. Lillian Shuman lost Barbies that had been in the family for a generation. Vicki Shuman lost all her work clothes — her khakis, blue work shirts and sweaters.

“If you look around your house, anything you see is what they need,” said Paul Shuman, Vicki’s father, adding that they especially need housewares and furniture, such as bookshelves and bureaus. They are staying with Vicki Shuman’s parents in Oakland and are looking for a new home.

Beckwith said people as far away as New York have donated.

“It seems to me that they’re handling it amazingly well. There’s the pressure of going from having this wonderful family life to losing everything,” Beckwith said. But, “I’m thankful on their behalf for everything that’s been done for them.”

Erin Rhoda — 612-2368

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