Couple Loses Everything in Fire
Christina King and her husband, Richard, searched the charred remains of their rental home Thursday, hoping to salvage some personal items.
"We're trying to see if there is anything left," she said by phone Thursday.
A fire Wednesday night damaged a single-story home in Vass and displaced the Kings. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, according to Mike Cameron, the Cypress Pointe fire chief.
When firefighters arrived at the home on South Street at 7:18 p.m., they found fire raging in a bedroom of the home.
"It (the fire) had a pretty good hold of the house," Cameron said. "There was full involvement in one room, and it was moving to two other rooms."
King said she and her husband and their son discovered the fire when they returned home from the store.
"My husband opened the back door and the dog (the family's German shepherd) came flying out," she said. "There was smoke all over the place. My husband grabbed the garden hose, and I ran up the street and called 911."
Firefighters from Cypress Pointe and Southern Pines as well as Moore County EMS responded.
Cameron said no one was injured in the blaze and that firefighters contained it quickly. He said the home was not a total loss, but because of the heavy damage and the fact that the home is more than 100 years old, it likely would have to be demolished.
King said she and her husband had lived in the home for several years. She said both have been unable to work due to injuries. He suffered a fall from a ladder, and she was hurt in a car wreck. She said they had no renter's insurance and have relied on local organizations and churches and the kindness of friends and family to help them. The American Red Cross is assisting the family.
King said they are staying at a local hotel until Saturday, but that she is unsure where they would go after that.
"I don't know what we are going to do," she said. "We lost everything."
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