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By Tom Ferrall
Staff Writer 

Fire takes family's home and possessions but not memories


Last updated 3/8/2018 at 6:58pm

Shane Gibson photos

Geoffrey and Diana Smith sit on the footprint of their Bonsall home just more than two months after the Dec. 7, 2017, Lilac fire destroyed their house.

A couple of days a week Diana Smith sits in a lawn chair on a empty lot, a piece of property that until Dec. 7, 2017, was adorned with her family's two-story, four-bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, 2,400-square-foot home and two freestanding barns.

"Honestly, when I'm here it still feels like home to me," said Smith. "I guess home's not a building, it's the memories. It's a great place and I love being here. I'm so thankful my kids got to be raised here."

The house that veterinarian Dr. Geoffrey Smith bought from the builder in 1980, the home in which the Smiths raised their four kids and celebrated al...

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