A house fire claims the life of a husband and father in Wolfe County.
Investigators say the damage to the home is so severe, they may never know what caused the blaze. Today, we spoke with a friend and neighbor of 49 year old Steven Hollon. She is still shocked about what she saw Tuesday.
Connie Sargent lives across the street from the Hollon's. She was the first to see what was happening.
"I saw smoke, a lot of smoke, and I did a double take because I wasn't sure what I was looking at," Sargent said.
She says her hands trembled as she dialed 911. Then she thought of 49 year old Steven Hollon, who was usually home during the day.
"I was contemplating whether I was going to try to crawl in a little ways and call for him, when I started hearing glass busting," Sargent said.
Sargent backed off and waited for help. Hours later, rescuers found Hollon's body inside. By then, Sargent says nearly 100 people surrounded the home, trying to offer support to Hollon's wife and two sons.
"We had a mother sitting here, and she was watching the house burn, knowing that her husband was inside. We had two kids standing here watching, knowing that their dad was in there," Sargent said.
Wolfe County School officials and the Red Cross are collecting clothes for the Hollons', and the school district is planning a relief fundraiser next week.
Sargent says the community will help in any way they can, though what's lost can never be replaced.
Wolfe County School officials say that fundraiser is planned for next Wednesday at 6 pm, at the Inter-Skate Rink in Campton.