Fire Destroys House Near Union

An early morning fire has left a Newton County family without a home.

Emergency responders received a call about the fire around 3 a.m. at 21678 Highway 15, two miles south of Union.

The house was destroyed, leaving its owners looking for a place to stay.

"My birth certificates, everything was in there," said Ashley Glass of the fire at the home of her mother-in-law, Teresa Clark. "Her daughter is pregnant and she just got all of the stuff in there. And we were going to have the baby shower, and now it's gone."

All of that is gone, along with the new additions to the house that were part of a remodeling effort. This includes a new backyard deck.

While the family's material possessions are no longer here, Glass says what is most important is that their loved ones escaped unharmed. Her father-in-law, Joe Clark, was there alone when the fire started.

"He was here by himself and she was in Macon with her daughter," Glass said.

"He says when he woke up, the house was full of smoke," said Robbie Pearson, assistant fire chief of the Union Fire Department. "He tried to get out with his cell phone and car keys. He dropped his car keys on the way out."

That's why the homeowner was unable to move his truck, which was parked near the house, so it was also damaged.

"He says it took him about 20 to 30 minutes time to try to flag somebody down to get help," said Pearson.

As an investigation continues into the cause of the fire, the family is now turning to the Red Cross for help.

"They're going to try to get them a hotel for a couple of days. They're going to try to help them get some clothes because everything they had was in there," said Glass.

Donations to assist Joe and Teresa Clark may be made at The Citizens Bank in Union.

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