FAMILY ESCAPES FROM BURNING HOME

December 19, 2000 12:00 am

By Fred Obee

Triplicate editor

Seven children and their parents escaped unharmed from their burning home Saturday night.

Everythings going to be OK, said a shaken Kimberly Davis, as she surveyed the burnt remains of her home Monday. All the kids are alive.

The family Kimberly, husband Kent and their seven children had turned in for the night Saturday at their Railroad Avenue home after wrapping Christmas presents.

When the four-year-old got up to use the bathroom, Kent followed to make sure everything was alright, heard popping noises in the garage and discovered the fire.

Crescent Fire Protection District received the call at about 10:53 p.m.

We had 14 people there with four or five engines, said Fire Chief Fred Cox. We didnt get out of there until 3 a.m.

Cox said fire officials will meet with insurers today to determine the loss in dollars and to nail down the cause of the fire. Kimberly Davis said the family suspects a loose electrical wire at a junction box on the garage started the fire and it was fed by explosions in the garage of combustible materials.

Lost in the blaze were two cars, all the Christmas presents, a fifth-wheel trailer and a puppy. Kimberly Davis said although there is major damage to the home and its contents, some of it appears to be salvageable.

Yesterday, neighbors and others who just stopped by were loading boxes and assisting the Davis family in any way they could.

Some of these people Ive never met, Kimberly Davis said. I cant say it enough. Thanks so much to everybody.

The Davis family quickly found a three bedroom house to rent, and although that will be a tight fit for the large family they said they are grateful for a place to stay until they can rebuild their damaged home.