Posted: Dec 31, 2012 5:37 PM
A Montgomery County family will never forget this New Year's Eve, but not for the right reasons. Much of their house was destroyed in a fire this afternoon while they were out of town.
It was not a joyous start to the New Year for the Deaton family.
"Their clothes, their backpacks, all my snow man stuff, my Christmas decorations I've collected over the years," says Caroline Deaton.
All of that gone, destroyed in a fire. Caroline Deaton can barely work up the strength to survey the damage. She, her husband, and their three children were out of town for the weekend, planning to ring in the New Year with family in Breathitt County. While they were gone, at 1 pm, neighbors saw smoke, then flames. Fearing the family was inside because they heard the TV on, they rushed to the rescue.
"He beat on the door, hollering and nobody answered. He opened the door and nobody was in there," says neighbor Raymond Goodwin. They called 911, and moved the gas grill, and other flammable objects away from the blaze.
"Thank God we were in Breathitt County for the weekend, and that's where they're still at," says Deaton.
The Montgomery County Fire Captain says the fire appears to have started in a second story bedroom. They aren't sure what caused the fire yet, but Caroline Deaton says the only thing she left on besides the TV was the Central Heating. Deaton's kids will eventually see the charred aftermath, but for now she's relieved they are safe and sound this New Year's Eve.
The Clay City Fire Department and the Stanton Fire Department assisted the Montgomery County Fire Department in fighting the blaze, and saving the frame of the wooden house.