Knott County home burns to the ground

By: Eric Eckstrom Email
By: Eric Eckstrom Email

A home in the city of Garner - in an area local folks call Mosley Town - burned to the ground early Sunday morning resulting in hundreds of phone and television service outages.

Home, we often say, is where the heart is, and when looking into the eyes of someone who just lost hers after nearly 50 years living there, it's a startling reminder of how true that expression can be.

“My heart just...I raised all of my children here, every one of them,” says Charlene Mosley, owner of the burned home.

Charlene Mosley and her husband where away with their niece at the time of the fire early Sunday morning. It was her children, living nearby, who discovered the empty house ablaze.

“We had a fan in the window and we could smell smoke and I got up and came down the road and looked and it was just all up in smoke,” says John Mosley, Charlene’s son.

The Hindman Volunteer Fire Department was on the scene shortly after receiving a call around 2:30 a.m. Volunteers with the Jones Fork Fire Department joined them as well. Volunteers say it took hours to contain.

“Even though the building wasn't standing the flames were as high as the power poles when we first pulled up,” says Preston Hays of the Hindman Volunteer Fire Department.

Following the incident, hundreds of homes were left without phone and television service as well.

“This is [a major breakdown]. It’s involving a lot of customers,” says Ancil Conley of Thacker-Grigsby Telephone Company.

But phone and television lines can be rewired, homes rebuilt, but human lives are a different story, and Mrs. Mosley says she feels like a higher power was watching over her and her husband that night.

“I believe God someway called us away. I believe we would have burned up. I really do because I know I can't wake up every night when I go to sleep, you know it’s harder since I got older,” says Charlene Mosley.

The Mosley family wishes to thank everyone who has been working tirelessly throughout the day to help them.

No official word has been given as to the cause of the fire. However, officials with the Thacker-Grigsby Telephone Company and T-V-S cable say all outages should be fixed within the next 24 hours.

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