Family loses everything in fire

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 12, 2011

By Shelley Smith SALISBURY — Terry and Veronica Thomas lost everything to a fire this morning at their 132 Forest Meadow Lane home, off Old Mocksville Road.

The Thomases have three children — a 20-year-old who is away at college and two 16-year-old girls. “The only thing we have is what you see we have on,” Veronica Thomas said. “Everything else is in there,” she said as she pointed to her house.

The Thomases have lived in the home since 1996 and do have insurance. They do not have relatives in Salisbury, and the only friends they have are coworkers. Veronica Thomas said they’re not sure what they’re going to do now that their house is gone.

Neighbor Glenda Kirby said she heard two loud explosions but when she walked out her front door she didn’t notice anything. Then she saw the flames shooting from the house in the reflection in the back window of her husband’s truck. Her husband, Floyd, called 911. “It’s just so much devastation to think of all the things you lose in your house,” she said. “It’s terrible.” She said the flames were between the garage and kitchen of the home. Firefighters said the fire most likely began in the garage. “You feel so helpless,” Kirby said. “You’re sitting here and the house is burning down, but what can you do?” Locke, Woodleaf, Jerusalem, Ellis Cross Country and Franklin fire departments responded, along with Rowan Rescue.

The Rowan County Fire Marshall’s Office is investigating. Read tomorrow’s Post for more.