Military family loses home in fire
A military family of four is without a home after a weekend fire.
The fire happened Saturday morning around 11:30 at the home on Highway 58 near the Jones-Lenoir County line.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Morris, an active-duty National Guard member, was at work when the fire started, but said his wife, daughter and young son were inside.
"I got a text message from my wife that the house was on fire."
Morris said the fire was put out by the time he got home, but said the family lost mostly all of their belongings.
"Furniture is replaceable. Appliances are replaceable," Morris said. "But it's some stuff from family members that have passed quite a few years ago that I’m never going to be able to replace."
The family is now staying in a shed in the backyard until they can rebuild the home.
"I'm not moving," Morris said. "We bought this place because we like the area. I'd be a fool to leave."
Morris said several people in the community have already reached out to help by donating food, water and clothes to the family.
"[Saturday] when I pulled up i had four sets of people here that I had no clue who they were or where they lived or what their names were," he said.
The family said the fire started in the living room, but quickly spread to the rest of the home. The three family members inside smelled the smoke and were able to get out of the home safely.
The family originally thought they lost their pets in the fire, but Morris said all but one have returned home safely.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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