Fires Displace Families Days Before Christmas

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Fires in the Tennessee Valley kept firefighters and other emergency responders busy all day Monday, and it’s got several families adjusting their Christmas plans.

The Red Cross is helping three families get back on their feet after fires destroyed their homes Monday. Plus a fire in Marion county destroyed a piece of local history. Just 5 days until Christmas, these families are now figuring out how to replace the homes where they made many Christmas memories.

Around 4:30 Monday afternoon, a 100 year old barn in Jasper burned to the ground.  Marion County Sheriff Bo Burnett says the barn belonged to his family.

“(It’s) just a tragic loss,” said Burnett. “I played in it when I was a kid, put hay in it when I got older, and my brother played in it, my uncle. I mean everybody was around the barn.”

Families in Hamilton County are assessing their own damages from Monday as well. Robert Taylor’s house, garage, and truck caught fire on Mowbray Mountain around three o’clock. The heat was so intense it also damaged the neighbor’s house. The Taylor’s lost everything and don’t have insurance on their home.

In another fire on LaHugh Drive in Chattanooga, a family of 10 lost their home and all their Christmas presents. The Red cross is helping these two families as well as a third in Bledsoe county whose home was damaged in yet another fire on Monday.

“It just makes it more sad because they’re big families who lose everything, and they lose their Christmas tree and all their presents, and all the toys, and all the things that go with it,” said Chattanooga Red Cross Emergency Service Director John Hitchens.

Hitchens says they’re helping the families with shelter and money for food, but unfortunately there’s not much they can do about the lost presents and Christmas trees.

“We’ll take care of their immediate sheltering and their clothing and food and things like that, and we can give them referrals to places, but it’s a long, difficult road after that,” Hitchens said.

If you’d like to help, you can contact the Chattanooga Red Cross to make a donation. Click here to view their website.

Firefighters are investigating what started all four fires.

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