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Family of 7 homeless after mobile home fire

By Amanda Brannon
WCTI Staff
Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:42:19 AM CST
Updated On: Oct 03 2013 05:54:25 PM CDT
PITT COUNTY -

A family of seven is homeless after their house caught fire Thursday morning.

It happened around 11:45 at a mobile home on River Road Estates Road, near Greenville.

Tonya Hathaway and her 4-year-old son were asleep in the back bedroom of the house when they awoke to the smell of smoke. They discovered the living room was on fire.

"I smashed the back door open and told him to run to his grandma's house and got my animals out and as much stuff as I could get out. But the fire was too hot and I had to get out," Hathaway said.

She was able to save her dog, two cats and three kittens, but the fire spread too fast. One kitten was lost.

Firefighters from Staton House and Belvoir Fire Departments quickly arrived, along with Falkland EMS.

"The trailer was fully involved with most of that on the front half [mainly the] living room and kitchen area ...Flames [were] visible from all front windows," Chris Newkirk, an employee with Staton House Fire Department said.

It took crews about five minutes to knock it down, but then they had to worry about the hotspots.

Hathaway was forced to watch as her memories melted away in the blaze.

"Words cannot express seeing your home going up in flames. Seriously, all my pictures of my kids. No, nothing can explain that," she said.

Hathway's three older children were at school at the time, and her husband was at work. One child was in a different location., according to Hathaway.

The cause of the fire in under investigation.