UPDATE: House fire in Red Bank leaves two families homeless
RED BANK, HAMILTON COUNTY (WRCB) - A Red Bank woman says she's starting over after losing everything. But she's grateful that her family is in tact, despite a rough road ahead.
"Total devastation, I thought this would happen to everyone but me," says resident Candy Price.
But it did happen to Price, she was at work when the call came in, around 2:45pm Wednesday, to get home.
"I could see smoke barreling out and firefighters going in back out three at a time," says Price.
Price has called the duplex in Red Bank home for 19 years. Inside a lifetime of memories, now strewn across the yard.
"I was able to salvage a few granddaughter's pictures, they mean the world to me, and a few pictures of friends," says Price.
Price says she's grateful no one was injured. Her son and her granddaughter had just left to take his wife to work.
The man who lives in the other half of the duplex, was asleep inside but smelled the smoke and made it out. Even Price's pet Pac-man frog is in good shape.
"Through the flames and the smoke, she's ok... got a little smoke but survived," says Price.
It's possible the minimal damage is in part thanks to a quick thinking contractor working for EPB.
"I first seen it and smoke was coming out of the roof and pretty good.. then came down and the flames were out the window," says Brian Thacker of Elliott Construction.
Thacker had finished work on another street and just happened to pass the duplex on Vreeland. He immediately cut the power to the house.
"I was just up the street driving and just happened to be I guess in the right place at the right time," says Thacker.
As for Price, she'll be staying with friends. The American Red Cross will be taking care of her son and his wife for the next few days.
"Um, startin all over just like when I moved here to TN," says Price.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Red Bank Fire Department. Damages are unknown at the time.