Fire destroys family's home

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Red Cross is helping a family of four after the family lost everything to a house fire early this morning, including a Chihuahua and pet duck.
The home of Charles and Mary Gillespie, and two children, at 176 Shoaf Ridge Road, caught fire at 5:20 a.m.
Rowan County Fire Marshall Tom Murphy said they believe the fire started in a wall of the home, but the cause is still under investigation.
Murphy said Mary Gillespie woke up after the smoke alarm went off, smelled the smoke, and saw the fire in a spare bedroom being used for storage. A baby crib and toys were on fire.
Gillespie got her family out of the home and went next door to call 911. She tried calling out to her Chihuahua, but the dog never came out of the home, Murphy said.
Firefighters stayed on scene until 11 a.m.
The Elizabeth Hanford Dole Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting the family.
Murphy said no one was hurt, but the roof of the home is now gone. The Gillespies are insured, he said.
Departments responding to the fire included Locke, Franklin and Cleveland fire departments, as well as the Rowan County Rescue Squad.