Buena Vista woman recounts moments before house burned down

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A Buena Vista house is considered a complete loss after a devastating fire Wednesday afternoon, burning one of the firefighters who helped battle the blaze.

The burn isn’t severe, but first responders from several departments were called to the scene.

Mindi Dunbar, the homeowner, tells WFXR she’s not sure of a cause and that by the time she actually saw the fire, it had almost spread to the roof.

“Just kind of in overwhelmed mode. Just got to keep it together for the family,” she said.​

Mindi says she, her husband, and teenage son had lived in this house for about four years before it caught fire Wednesday.​

She says she called 911 around 1 p.m.; when firefighters left around 4, her house was totally burned.​

“It’s a total loss, lost everything. Lost grandparents’ heirlooms, my son’s- all his stuff. We have nothing,” she said.​

She says she was sitting on the couch talking with her mom when she heard her two dogs – Bagel and Biscuit – barking loudly at what turned out to be flames and black smoke getting bigger.​

She says everyone got outside without injury, but that she then had to stand in the front lawn and watch countless memories go up in flames.​

“Too many, too many. My son had a lot of his grandfather’s things, who passed away a little over two years ago. So that’s hard,” she said.​

​Despite the devastation, Mindi says she’s got many things to be thankful for, like passerby coming to help, neighbors lending a hand, caring first responders, and much more.​

“But we’re all okay. Those things can be replaced. Lives can’t,” she said.​

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