A woman returned home from a quick trip to the grocery store Monday night to find her house filled with smoke and flames incinerating her kitchen and back porch.
The fire burned multiple rooms and caused heavy smoke damage throughout the single-story brick home on South Hitt Street in Boyd.
“We went to get a couple things from IGA,” said Emily Palmer. “A neighbor told me they saw smoke and heard glass breaking. Then I opened the door and got hit with thick smoke.”
“When we opened the door, a black cloud of smoke nearly knocked me out,” said Jamie Prouty, a friend staying with Palmer.
Members of the Boyd Volunteer Fire Department arrived just minutes after the fire was reported at 9:15, finding flames pouring out of the back of the house and black smoke billowing into a dark sky. They extinguished the fire quickly, saving the structure, but smoke had already damaged most or all of the interior. Rhome Volunteer Fire Department, Boyd police and Wise County medics all provided assistance at the scene.
Palmer lives at the home with her husband, Hunter, and their 1- and 4-year-old daughters. No one was injured in the fire, and the cause is still under investigation. It might have started in the kitchen.
“Something happened in the stove with the heating element,” Prouty said. “But we got it out and turned off the stove before we left.
“We’re all safe, but (Palmer) is really worried about all her pictures and other irreplaceable things.”
Her husband works in the oil field and had just left the day before to work at a job in West Texas. Her children were staying at her mother’s house that night, but she was worried about breaking the news to her 4-year-old daughter, who may have lost all her toys and clothes due to smoke damage.
Red Cross was contacted to help the family with whatever they could. Even though the house was left standing, firefighters thought the thick smoke might have ruined everything inside. The Palmers have owned the home for several years.