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Family Loses Everything in Madison County Fire

By Natalie Potts
By Npotts@wbbjtv.com

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn.- Madison County firefighters are investigating a devastating fire that destroyed one family's home in Denmark, Friday.

Fire officials said the blaze started near the back of the home on Britton Lane around 5 a.m. Family members of the homeowners who lived there tell WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News the couple's 8-year-old son actually helped his mother find her way through the smoke, down the stairs as the home was going up in flames because she couldn't see without her eyeglasses.

"They got out, you know it's tragic but they are here that's good, praise God," said Brandi Johnson, fire victim's cousin. "She was asleep upstairs with her son and she said that she just woke up and couldn't breathe...she has glasses so she can't see very well, bless her heart. She had to have her son guide her downstairs. By the time she got down there she told us the whole back kitchen wall was just completely engulfed."

The mother told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News the only reason she was sleeping upstairs near her son was because her 6-year-old daughter was staying over at her grandmother's house. Family members said any other time the two children would have been upstairs alone.

"Luckily one of the kids had spent the night here with her mother. If not both children would have been upstairs by themselves," said Johnson. "Who knows what could have happened, it could have been worse."

Firefighters believe the blaze started from the back of the home and quickly spread because of high winds. Eyewitnesses said it took 30 minutes for the home to completely burn to the ground.

"Yea, they barely made it out. You know it's just a miracle. Thank God, you know, it happened like it did," said Brian Wooley, fire victim's brother.

The family said they lost three pets in the fire including a dog and two cats. So far, a single picture has been the only possession salvaged from the burned home. The family made it out barefoot in their pajamas.

"I got one picture that I found and that's it, so far. I'm going to wait til it kind of drys out because it's all wet... then we are going to go back and see what we can find but she lost everything even the two of their wedding rings," said Wooley.

Firefighters said the cause of the fire is still unknown, as their investigation is ongoing. The family lost nearly everything in the fire. If you would like to help, there has been a foundation set up for Samantha and Clay Price at any Bancorp South Bank.

Here are a list of items needed: Call Brandy Johnson at (731) 695-6546 or Christine Wooley (731) 217-6363
Boy size 8 pants
Boy size 8/9 shirts
Boy size 2 and 1/2 -3 shoes
Girl size 7 slim pants
Girl size 7/8 shirts
Girl size 12-13 shoe
Women's size small or medium top
Women's size 6/7 pants
Women's size 7and 1/2 -8 shoes
Men's size 33-32 pants
Men's size Medium- Large shirt
Men's size 10 and 1/2 shoe