Fire destroyed the home of a Crafton couple Saturday evening, despite the efforts of five local fire departments.
Rickie Fisher said he and his wife, Barbara, were home when the blaze began, but they were able to escape, along with their three cats. He was dozing on the couch about 5 p.m. when his wife called him into the computer room., and they could smell something burning.
“When we pulled the curtains back, we could see flames on the outside,” he said. “I got the outside out. But then I realized it was already in the walls and underneath. I told her to call 911, get the cats and get out.”
The cats — Ink, Kittley and Gitty — all huddled, terrified, in the floorboard of the Fishers’ sedan while firefighters worked feverishly nearby.
“We got out safe, and we got the cats,” said Barbara. “I’m just so glad because that would have broke my heart.”
Rickie said the fire may have started in an air conditioner. They had recently installed a new window unit in the front room of the house. The Wise County fire marshal is investigating.
Crafton, Chico, Sand Flat, Bridgeport and Alvord fire departments all responded to the blaze, and Rickie said he was impressed with their response time. The home, on Farm Road 2127, is just a few doors down from the Crafton fire station.
“The people that came here were fast,” he said. Unfortunately, the home was a total loss. The American Red Cross had been called to the scene to help with their immediate needs.
“Like I say, God doesn’t close a door,” said Rickie, “unless he’s about to open another one.”