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UPDATE: Couple speaks to Channel 3 after escaping their burning home

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UPDATE: A young couple and their five kids are out of a home after a Monday night fire in Sale Creek. The fire started around 9 p.m. Monday on Griffith Street in a house that had been in the community since the 1800s.

Everyone escaped okay but the home is a total loss and the homeowners believe the wood-burning stove caused the blaze.

"A lot of good memories," said Celena Harris.

With an arm around each other, Celena Harris and Chris Breedlove talk to Channel 3 about their historic Sale Creek home. Breedlove inherited the home when his mother died and the newly-engaged couple had been living there the past two years. It's the house where Breedlove grew up and where they wanted to raise their five kids.

"We just redone the living room was remodeled, the dining room and the kids room, the boys room," she said. "To me it was like death, that was our dream to our start our life together but now it's destroyed."

The couple said they think the fire started with the home's wood stove. Monday was the first time they've used the stove since last Winter. They said they never had an issue with it until now.

"Flames were just busting out and he said get some water, get some water," Harris said. "He said c'mon baby we gotta get outta here, it's gone, it's gone, it's gone."

The couple ran out of the two-story home but the house's old wood was only added fuel.

"I know the house is so old once the fire was established, there was no way to put it out," Breedlove said.

Volunteer fire crews could do little but stop the spread of flames. Everything inside was gone. But as the holiday season approaches, the couple's staying with Harris' parents down the road and know Monday's fire could've been worse.

"It'll take a while to start over but at least everybody's alright," Breedlove said.

The house is a total loss and valued at $40,000. The couple did not have insurance. If you would like to help them, they said they could use the basic necessities and kids toys for their children ages 7-14. Call 423-332-4889 to help.


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It happened around 9:00p.m. Monday on Griffith Street in Sale Creek.

When firefighters arrived they found flames and smoke coming from the residence.

Sale Creek VFD Fire Chief, Jimbo Aslinger reported, "the two story house was built in the 1800's and the old wood in this home was additional fuel source to this fire".

The homeowner, Christopher Breedlove explained to fire officials, today was the first day he used his wood stove since last winter. After starting his wood stove, he went to bed and awoke to the smell of heavy smoke. Once he got up to investigate the origin of smoke, he saw fire going up the side wall adjacent to the wood stove. Mr. Breedlove and his wife escaped without  injury. The house is considered a total loss.

The family did not have insurance. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

They are staying with family.




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