Fire at Mobile Home Leaves Six Without A Home

Published 05/21 2014 05:38PM

Updated 05/21 2014 06:17PM

Six people are without a home.  Two firefighters are recovering after a mobile home catches fire in Muhlenberg county.  It happened just after 5:00 PM Tuesday at a home near the town of Graham. Fire officials say two firefighters  treated for heat exhaustion, but have already been released.

It's hard to turn the page after losing a home to a fire.

"It'll take quite a while," says Mary Gibson. Her family must do after her home of 30 years burned down Tuesday night.

"They were screaming because I was going back in, trying to put it back out, and they were screaming, standing on the side of the road, wanting me to stay out," she says. "My oldest granddaughter said, 'Grandma I can't lose you too! Come on!"

Gibson, her husband, daughter, and three grandchildren were inside when it started in a bedroom.

"I threw water on it and everything, trying to get it out, but I couldn't," Mary recalls. Her family was safe, but their possessions weren't.

"All my kids pictures were in there, all my grandkids pictures were in there,": Gibson says. "My mother-in-law that just died, her pictures were in there."

But in this burned out rubble lay words of hope.  A family bible, found by her husband in a burned out file cabinet survived.

"Nothing else made it out. Nothing," says Gibson.

"It was just laying between the rubble, just like this. And everything else around it burnt.," adds Judy Stanley, Mary's sister-in-law.

So did some photos, and memories they thought were lost.

"We were very surprised it made it," Gibson adds.

It'll take time for the Gibsons to rebuild.  But Mary hopes finding these memories will be the first chapter to getting a new home.

As for the cause, fire officials say it appears to be accidental.

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