Posted: Jul 22, 2012 9:12 PM
A Louisville family is preparing to say goodbye to a man and his granddaughter who died in a fire last week. It happened Thursday night on South Third Street after a house was hit by lightning.
Family members are having a difficult time coming to terms with the deaths of 83-year-old Wakley Hayden and his granddaughter, 19-year-old English Moore.
"Man, I can't even begin to tell you how I feel inside. I'm heartbroken," says Lonnie Moore, a family member.
Arson investigators confirm a lightning strike started the fire. "You just want to ask yourself why? Why, why did this happen?" "I mean, there's no other houses touched by smoke or anything. I guess it was just God's will," says Moore.
Moore's 83-year-old bed-ridden father, Wakley Hayden, Moore's sister and his 19-year-old niece English were all inside. Moore says they opened the basement door to find it full of smoke. They tried to put the fire out with buckets of water.
"My sister had my niece by the arm, leading her out and she snatched away from her and went back upstairs," remembers Moore. "You want to go through your mind and ask yourself why would she go back upstairs? Did she go get her phone? What happened? She was in safe hands."
Hayden died at the scene of smoke inhalation. English was taken to University Hospital where she died of smoke inhalation Thursday evening.
"My father's always been a father to me. I don't know what not having a father is. My niece, she went to Bellermine. Got up and went to work everyday," says Moore.
Family friend Alisha Crenshaw says her son was also inside the home visiting and tried to save English. "He said 'Momma, there was nothing I could do. But, I could hear her screaming for help. He said 'I could hear her screaming for help.' But there was nothing he could do," says Crenshaw.
The funeral for Wakley Hayden and English Moore will be Monday at Noon at O.D. White and Sons Funeral Home in Louisville.