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Fire destroys home, spreads to Daniel Boone Ntl. Forest

By: Cheryl Glassford Email
By: Cheryl Glassford Email

"My stuffed animal which is a doggie, his name is Yoda," said 9 year-old Cody Sterling.

A boy bravely talked about the toys he had lost, now that his house is gone.

"I can't believe this," said his mother, Rhonda Sterling.

The shocked Rowan County family returned after a quick afternoon outing Wednesday, to find their once two-story home - had burned to the ground.

Rhonda lived in the house with her two young boys and her father, who was out of town.

"We got no backpacks we don't even have folders anymore," said Cody, who plans on going to school tomorrow despite the fire.

As firefighters battled the house fire, they soon had even more problems on their hands.

The fire had spread to the surrounding forest.

"An escaped fire will burn rapidly and we're in some really good burning conditions at this point," said Dwayne Anderson with the U.S. Forestry Service.

The fire spread so quickly firefighters were concerned it might even spread to another home just over the hill.

"We assessed it first thing on scene and staged the fire department there for structural protection," said Anderson.

Six acres burned before firefighters gained control. They were able to save the nearby home.

But it was too late for Rhonda's house, who says she does not have insurance.

As they sift through what's left, Cody says he wants to try to save his bike.

"I think all it needs is a new tire," he said as he pulled it away from the burned-down house, "And new brake lines."

The Sterlings and fire officials say in this dangerous situation, they were lucky no one was hurt.

The cause of the house fire is not known at this time.


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