A family is trying to figure out how to move forward after a Sunday morning fire destroyed their home.
The fire broke out on the 2000 block of Mountain View Terrace in Roanoke shortly before 11:30 a.m. Sunday, according to officials. All eight people who live in the home were able to get out safely.
Everyone was home at the time of the fire, according to Amanda Carter, the mother who lives there. Ordinarily, she added, that would not have been the case.
“Typically, it’s my husband and I and our two little ones that would be at church, but he wasn’t feeling well this weekend,” Carter said. “The first time in my whole life I said I’m thankful that I didn’t go to church today.”
Carter said she was making breakfast when she and her husband smelled something burning. That’s when her husband found flames coming through the porch outside, she added.
“I just grabbed my car keys to move my car out of the driveway – it’s a stupid thought,” Carter said. “That’s it. Just the kids – that’s all we thought about.”
Carter said she quickly got her six kids outside. She fears what could have happened to her children if she was not home, she added.
“It’s awful, a horrible thing, but I just am so thankful that our family’s OK,” Carter said. “That’s all that matters.”
The family does not have renter’s insurance, she said, but neighbors have been donating food and clothing. School administrators have also reached out to the family wanting to help, she added.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to fire officials.
Roanoke Fire-EMS investigate a house fire in the 2,000 block of Mountain View Terrace.
Officials say 8 people have been displaced, but no one was injured.
The Red Cross of Western Virginia is helping the victims.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.